Results 21–40 of 1125 for speaker:Claire Ward

Written Answers — Home Department: Young Offenders: Greater London (24 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: I have been asked to reply. The available information is provided in the table. Data for 2009 will be available when "Sentencing Statistics 2009" is published later this year. Figures for those previously resident in a London borough are not available, as places of residence are not recorded on the court proceedings database. The table shows those sentenced in the London criminal justice...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Retail Crime (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: The Ministry of Justice's court proceedings database does not hold information on offences beyond descriptions in the statutes under which prosecutions are brought. However, I can tell the hon. Lady that convictions for shoplifting rose by 9 per cent. and that some 45,600 penalty notices for disorder were issued for retail thefts under £200 in 2008. The Government take crime against...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Retail Crime (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: It would be very interesting to see how the Conservatives would do better, given that they want to tie the hands of the police and crime enforcement officers in relation to many of the measures that we are using effectively, such as those involving DNA and CCTV. Perhaps the hon. Lady should talk to her Front-Bench team and her party leader about changing their policy if they really have a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Violence (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: Since 1997, the Government have been working to ensure that domestic violence law supports and protects all victims of domestic abuse. We have introduced practical system changes to promote co-ordinated community responses to domestic violence, including the establishment of specialist domestic violence courts. On 19 March, we announced that from 1 April 2010 there will be 141 SDVC systems....

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Violence (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: Of course I join my hon. Friend in praising the work of the Cheshire domestic violence partnership. The effect on children who witness domestic violence and abuse can be harrowing, and their needs must be reflected in any strategy dealing with the effects of such abuse. The services of independent domestic violence advisers are integral to providing additional support to the victims of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Violence (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: This Government have done far more for victims by introducing the national victims service, which will provide caseworkers for those who are affected by the most serious crimes and those who are the most vulnerable. In addition to bringing more criminal cases, the Crown Prosecution Service continues to improve its performance in respect of domestic violence, and the charge to conviction rate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Violence (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: I am very happy to do whatever I can to support the good work that my hon. Friend is doing in her constituency.

Public Bill Committee: Bribery Bill [Lords]: New Clause 7 (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward:   As the hon. Member for Huntingdon has explained, the new clause would confer protection on individuals or other persons prosecuted for an offence under the Bill from any other proceedings, whether under POCA or any other statute, in respect of the facts that gave rise to the proceedings under the Bill.  The hon. Gentleman is particularly concerned about the application of the confiscation...

Public Bill Committee: Bribery Bill [Lords]: New Clause 7 (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward:   I thank you, Sir Nicholas, for your chairmanship of the Committee, and your co-Chair, Ms Walley. I know that you are off to new pastures—wherever that may be—and to a new life outside Parliament. We wish you well in what you choose to do. It is incredibly important that we have people throughout the parties who believe wholeheartedly in the role of Parliament and the work we all...

Public Bill Committee: Bribery Bill [Lords]: New Clause 4 (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward:   It is good to have you back in the Chair, Sir Nicholas.  While listening to speech made by the hon. Member for Huntingdon, I was at first rather hopeful because it seemed that he understood the policy objectives of the Bill and that he was setting them out clearly. However, new clauses 4 to 6 would drive a coach and horses through those policy objectives. Frankly, they would create...

Written Answers — Justice: Witness Protection (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: The Government are committed to ensuring that witnesses who attend court are kept safe and protected. Since 2007, Her Majesty's Courts Service has issued improved guidance which seeks to safeguard the safety of witnesses at court and invested over £825,000 to improve facilities for witnesses. This includes the upgrading and installation of new video link equipment; and provision of in-court...

Written Answers — Justice: Jury Selection (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: Jury members are selected at random. Anyone registered as an elector and aged 18 to 69 who has been ordinarily resident in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for any period of at least five years is qualified to serve. That is subject to two categories of disqualified people: certain people suffering from mental disorder and those on bail or who have received certain prison or...

Written Answers — Justice: Antisocial Behaviour (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: Victim Support has agreed to support victims and witnesses bringing antisocial behaviour cases in magistrates courts as part of their existing witness service at no additional cost.

Written Answers — Justice: Courts: Video Conferencing (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: No guidance has been issued in relation to contempt of court in virtual court cases. The legislative framework for virtual courts is in sections 57A-57D of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (as, amended). The legislation provides that the accused is to be treated as present in court when appearing through a live link under those sections. Case law and legislation concerning contempt in the face...

Written Answers — Justice: Sexual Offences Act 2003 (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: The number of offenders cautioned for offences under sections 1 and 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, by police force area in 2008 is shown in the following table. Number of offenders cautioned( 1, 2 ) for offences under sections 1 and 5 of the Sexual Offences Act: 2003( 3) , by police force area, England and Wales 2008( 4) Police force area Section1( 5) Section 5( 6) Avon and...

Written Answers — Justice: Vetting: Charities (23 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: The law currently requires individuals to declare all spent convictions where they are applying to work with vulnerable people as this is an area of activity falling within the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This obligation applies even if the conviction has been deleted from the Police National Computer. We are aware that a conviction for buggery, before...

Written Answers — Justice: Arrest Warrants (22 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: The question of arrest warrants for universal jurisdiction offences is not the subject of a consultation exercise. Given the importance of the issue, however, the Government thought it right to seek views from a small number of interested parties.

Written Answers — Justice: Crime: Victims (22 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: The Victims Fund is used to provide funding to third sector organisations that support those bereaved by homicide. These services are provided by third sector organisations and are available to British residents in England and Wales regardless of where the homicide takes place. Applications for the 2010-11 fund are being processed and results will be announced shortly. The National Victims'...

Written Answers — Justice: Crime: Victims (22 Mar 2010)

Claire Ward: The Ministry of Justice provides funding to the charities Victim Support and SAMM National (Support After Murder and Manslaughter) to deliver services to those bereaved by homicide. The service provided by Victim Support is available to anyone in England and Wales regardless of where the homicide takes place. The Justice Secretary recently announced the launch of a National Victims' Service....


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