Tuesday, 20 July 2010
The Secretary of State was asked-
What steps the Prison Service takes to communicate to police forces its assessment of the mental state of and threats posed to the public by prisoners immediately prior to release.
What plans the Government have to review the use of administrative penalties.
What plans he has for the future of community service sentences.
What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Human Rights Act 1998.
How many representations he has received (a) in favour of and (b) against his recent proposals to close a number of magistrates courts; and if he will make a statement.
What recent representations he has received on his Department's responsibilities in relation to the Crown dependencies.
What steps he is taking to ensure the effectiveness of complaints systems for victims of crime and others within the criminal justice system.
What plans he has for the future of the National Offender Management Service.
If he will conduct a public consultation on whether to grant anonymity to defendants in rape cases.
What recent representations he has received on his Department's policies to reduce the rate at which young people enter the criminal justice system; and if he will make a statement.
What the reoffending rate was for prisoners who had served custodial sentences of over 10 years in the latest period for which figures are available.
What recent discussions he has had with (a) the UK Border Agency and (b) foreign Governments on the compulsory transfer of foreign national prisoners to detention in their country of origin.
Whether he plans to bring forward proposals to change the law so that only the Crown Prosecution Service will be able to initiate prosecutions for universal jurisdiction offences.
What steps he plans to take to reduce the number of people in prison.
What mechanism he plans to introduce to reduce the use of short prison sentences; and if he will make a statement.
What account he took of the availability of public transport in rural areas around Wisbech in his decision to propose the closure of Wisbech magistrates court.
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
(Urgent Question): To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the structure and approach of the Office of Tax Simplification.
Several hon. Members: rose-
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