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Brexit Negotiations (3 Oct 2019)

David Gauke: The publication of specific proposals to deal with the backstop is to be welcomed, as is the Prime Minister’s commitment to not having physical infrastructure in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. His commitment to the Good Friday agreement is also to be welcomed, but could he say a bit more about what obligations he believes we have under the Good Friday agreement to ensure not...

Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment (26 Sep 2019)

David Gauke: At best, the Prime Minister’s answers to some of the questions last night were deeply insensitive, but the concern that many of us have is that there is a deliberate strategy of division and confrontation. Can the Minister reassure me that the Conservative party and the Government are not going to pursue a strategy of division, of confrontation and of the undermining of the institutions...

Compliance with the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (26 Sep 2019)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend will be aware that the Prime Minister has said that he will both obey the law and not seek an extension. Can my hon. Friend point to any legal argument made by any senior lawyer that suggests that if the conditions are not met—in other words, if Parliament has not voted for a deal, or has not approved no deal—the Prime Minister will have any choice? The law is quite clear:...

Northern Ireland (5 Sep 2019)

David Gauke: It is clear from what my right hon. Friend is saying that if we have a no-deal Brexit and Stormont is not up and running, in order to protect the rights of Northern Ireland we need to take powers; in order to take powers we need to legislate; and in order to legislate the House needs to be sitting. Is it not also clear that if the House does not pass that legislation by the end of October...

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (4 Sep 2019)

David Gauke: The Prime Minister has said that the Prorogation of Parliament is nothing to do with Brexit. Is that still his position?

G7 Summit (3 Sep 2019)

David Gauke: The Prime Minister will be aware that many of us are concerned that we are currently on course to leave the European Union without a deal on 31 October, and that we will not have time to negotiate and legislate for a new deal. Those concerns were not allayed by reports in The Daily Telegraph this morning which suggested that in a strategy meeting on 29 July it was stated that the Government...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Prisons and Probation (22 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: Today I would like to update the House on prisons and probation following the Opposition day debate of 14 May 2019. Our prison and probation systems have faced challenges in recent years, with changes in population, changes in the nature of crimes being committed and wider societal changes impacting the criminal justice sector, such as the use of Spice and other psychoactive substances. We...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Enforcement Update (22 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: Further to a Statement made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Lucy Frazer MP, on 26 November 2018, I wanted to update the House on the Ministry of Justice’s review of the implementation of the enforcement agent reforms contained in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. These reforms, which came into force in 2014, aimed to provide protection to debtors...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Government response to the Prison Service Pay Review Body recommendations 19/20 (22 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: I am today announcing the government’s decision on pay rises for prison staff. The Prison Service Pay Review Body has made its recommendations for the 2019-20 pay award and we are accepting these recommendations in full. Last year, the government announced the largest pay rise in nearly a decade for almost a million public sector workers. Today we are building on that with a pay award that...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Justice update (15 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: Earlier today, I notified the market via the London Stock Exchange group that I would today lay a Statutory Instrument to change the discount rate applicable to personal injury lump sum compensation payments in England and Wales, to minus 0.25%. The new rate will come into force on 5 August 2019, in line with the statutory timetable set out by the Civil Liability Act 2018 (“the Act”)....

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (10 Jul 2019)

Justice: Court and Tribunal reforms. 10:00 am; Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: The Right Hon Lord Burnett of Maldon, The Lord Chief Justice The Rt Hon Sir Terence Etherton, The Master of the Rolls Sir Ernest Ryder, The Senior President of Tribunals Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive Officer, HM Courts and Tribunals Service Richard Goodman, Change Director, HM Courts & Tribunals Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Divorce (9 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: When people make the difficult decision to divorce, the evidence suggests that counselling will often be too late at that stage. Seeking counselling would be a personal choice for those involved. For counselling to bring a change of direction, it would require the willing co-operation of both people in the marriage. We will look at the information available to people who are contemplating...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Divorce (9 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: I think there is a wider debate to be had about how Government as a whole can address issues that lead to relationship breakdown. Simply funding marriage support services may not address the heart of the issue or reach the people who need help most at the right time, but I agree that there is a need to test what works to help couples to stay together, and I am happy to listen to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Divorce (9 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: Family mediation offers a way to resolve child or financial arrangements without litigation, and child contact centres provide safe, neutral venues where separated couples can build sustainable long-term child arrangements. In reforming the legal process for divorce, we will look to strengthen how couples are signposted to such services. My right hon. Friend refers to counselling, a service...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Divorce (9 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: As I said earlier, there is a wider debate on this matter. I believe that the earlier such support can be provided, the better. When it comes to reform of divorce law, my argument is that by that stage it is often too late. In any event, the current requirement in our divorce law to attribute blame and fault makes it all the harder for marriages to be reconciled.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Divorce (9 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: I do agree with my hon. Friend, and I am interested by the insights into the Bottomley household. The fact that our current divorce laws introduce conflict at the point of divorce can make the break-up of relationships more confrontational than it needs to be in what are already difficult circumstances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Short Sentences (9 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: There is persuasive evidence that short custodial sentences do not work for the purposes of rehabilitation and helping some offenders to turn their backs on crime. They are highly disruptive to people’s lives, and provide little time for the Prison Service to do any meaningful rehabilitative work. In certain circumstances, community sentences are more effective in reducing reoffending and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Short Sentences (9 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: “Shortly” means “shortly”. [Laughter.] I am not going to elaborate on that, but I will say that in considering sentencing reform it is necessary also to look more broadly at the probation system. That is why I recently announced proposals to reform probation that will inform offender management and strengthen confidence in probation. However, I advise the hon. Gentleman to watch this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Short Sentences (9 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: I entirely agree with the Chairman of the Justice Committee. If we put people inside for a short time—for instance, prolific shoplifters—we want to address that criminality, but all that we actually do is make them more likely to reoffend and continue to be prolific criminals. Evidence shows that when it comes to reoffending rates, community sentences work better, but we need to do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Short Sentences (9 Jul 2019)

David Gauke: I agree with the hon. Lady’s point about the statistics—we should be led by the evidence—and I hope to make further progress on this matter in the time that is left ahead.

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