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Criminal Justice System — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (17 Oct 2012)

Alun Michael: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester Central (Tony Lloyd) on securing this debate. I declare a similar interest; I have been nominated to stand for election as police and crime commissioner in south Wales. I am proud to say that the needs of victims will be at the heart of my approach if I am elected. I want to be precise that a genuine focus on the needs and interests of...

Criminal Justice System — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (17 Oct 2012)

Alun Michael: My hon. Friend is right. The needs and interests of victims should be present at every stage throughout the court system. I also think that greater use of restorative justice is needed. I was interested to hear a sergeant in the South Wales police say recently that giving victims the chance to tell the offender in no uncertain terms how damaging the experience of the offence had been was, in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (15 Oct 2012)

Alun Michael: May I declare an interest, in that I am standing to be police and crime commissioner in south Wales? Like the excellent Labour candidates across England and Wales outside London, I want to rescue police governance from the shambles that the Government are creating. Given that the Government pay for the free distribution of literature to electors in parliamentary elections, Welsh Assembly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Police and Crime Commissioners (Victims’ Services) (18 Sep 2012)

Alun Michael: May I first declare an interest, as I am standing as the Labour and Co-operative candidate for police and crime commissioner in south Wales? Does the Minister agree that the treatment of victims and witnesses remains deeply unsatisfactory in many areas of the court system and in the criminal justice system generally? In providing resources to police and crime commissioners, will he ensure...

Leader of the House: Ministerial Statements (13 Sep 2012)

Alun Michael: Whether the Government plan to impose penalties on Ministers who fail to observe the House's expectations in regard to statements.

Leader of the House: Ministerial Statements (13 Sep 2012)

Alun Michael: I congratulate the Deputy Leader of the House on delivering that reply with a straight face, but let us be honest: we all know that announcements should be made in this House first, but the temptation of a quick headline and some media coverage trumps virtue almost every time, especially within the walls of No. 10. Does the Deputy Leader of the House agree that Ministers need to know that...

Police Officer Reductions (12 Sep 2012)

Alun Michael: My hon. Friend referred to prevention. Does he agree that our police officers work hard to fulfil the first and primary responsibility laid down by Robert Peel, which is to prevent crime, rather than only chasing after criminals? Does he also agree that it is greatly to the credit of the police that they do not whinge about their difficult situation but get on with the job? In a way, however,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Somaliland (4 Sep 2012)

Alun Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to encourage use of the Somaliland Development Corporation to promote private and public investment in the economy of Somaliland following the Somalia Conference.

Energy and Climate Change: Olympics (Security) (12 Jul 2012)

Alun Michael: It is clearly in the Home Secretary’s job description to look unruffled when faced with a shambles, and she is getting plenty of practice. Very simply, if the operation was planned as meticulously and monitored as carefully as she claims, how did it go so badly wrong?

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (12 Jul 2012)

Alun Michael: Ministers will be aware that the Welsh landfall for an optimal Severn tidal barrage will be in my constituency. Given the need for a major increase in renewable energy and the potential for creating nearly 40,000 jobs, will Ministers provide us with some clarity on what the Government will do to promote this project?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Policing (9 Jul 2012)

Alun Michael: I declare an interest as a candidate to be a police commissioner in south Wales. Does the Minister not accept that the best way of empowering police officers to reduce crime is to prevent reoffending? Instead of concentrating on bureaucratic requirements, such as having several reports before action can be taken, will he strengthen the use of antisocial behaviour orders, which have succeeded...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Elections (National Assembly for Wales) (3 Jul 2012)

Alun Michael: The hon. Member for Aberconwy would be well advised to read the Westminster Hall debate initiated by the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T. C. Davies), who castigated the Government for the way in which the size of constituencies in Wales had been downgraded because of the relationship between Wales and England. Reading that speech might be an education for the hon. Gentleman.

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Elections (National Assembly for Wales) (3 Jul 2012)

Alun Michael: Let us remind the hon. Gentleman of two things: first, as other hon. Members have pointed out, Labour created a system that deliberately went against its political interest in order to have balance and give an opportunity to smaller parties; and, secondly, in the 2005 general election Labour committed to dealing with some problems that had arisen in the Assembly, particularly the separation...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Elections (National Assembly for Wales) (3 Jul 2012)

Alun Michael: It is inconceivable that the First Minister would not recall precisely what he was told, and what he understood he was being told, on a matter of this importance. However, I am sure that the matter is of lower importance to the Prime Minister. The point is that the integrity of discussions between Government and Ministers in the Welsh Government is in question as a result of the withdrawal...

Written Answers — Transport: Railways (28 Jun 2012)

Alun Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to make rail companies more accountable to the travelling public.

Written Answers — Leader of the House: Ministerial Statements (14 Jun 2012)

Alun Michael: To ask the Leader of the House if he will take steps to introduce penalties for Ministers who do not meet the House's expectations in respect of ministerial statements.

Written Answers — Defence: Horn of Africa (11 Jun 2012)

Alun Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department plans to provide to Somaliland and countries in the Horn of Africa in the remainder of this Parliament.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: Circuses (11 Jun 2012)

Alun Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date she plans to implement the ban on wild animals in travelling circuses.

Bills Presented: Home Affairs and Justice (10 May 2012)

Alun Michael: Does the Minister recall that I made the strong point that the Government are in danger of being guilty of surrendering the simple concept of an antisocial behaviour order, which has been effective in reducing antisocial behaviour by maintaining the restrictions that it imposes? Will he clear that up, remove the Home Secretary’s threat to get rid of ASBOs and simply make it easier to use...

Bills Presented: Home Affairs and Justice (10 May 2012)

Alun Michael: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Surely it should be possible to correct what I am sure is an inadvertent misleading of the House by the Minister—he would not have intended to do it. The ASBO is a civil order. A breach of it is a criminal offence, tested by the criminal quality of evidence.


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