Results 21–40 of 12457 for speaker:David Gauke

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Probation Services (10 Jul 2018)

David Gauke: I come back to my previous points. The CRCs have been receiving less income than it costs them to deliver the services. Because of the reforms undertaken a few years ago, 40,000 offenders get support who would have got nothing previously. The contracts can be challenging; it is right that we look at that and deliver good value for money for the taxpayer and good-quality services. That is what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

David Gauke: Today, I have announced an additional £30 million investment in our prison estate, including £16 million to improve facilities at 11 of our most pressed prisons. Some £6 million will enhance security and tackle those co-ordinating drug dealing from inside through scanners, better searching and phone-blocking technology. Since February, 12 such serious criminals have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

David Gauke: The purpose of the review is to assess what we need to do. That is the correct way to go about it. Obviously, we will need to engage with the Treasury in terms of future spending reviews, but we have a serious piece of work, with very substantial engagement with stakeholders, on which to make an assessment of how the legal aid system is working.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

David Gauke: There has been no reorganisation of responsibilities. There is no conflict of interest here at all. The suggestion that because somebody has worked in the private sector for such a company, there is a conflict of interest is not accurate. The hon. Gentleman’s hostility to the private sector, in this sector and across the piece, is symptomatic of why the Labour party should be kept as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to highlight this point. Indeed, many parts of the public sector are stepping up and doing that—the Prison Service itself takes people on. We have a pilot programme in north-west England that is focused on this. My hon. Friend is tireless in campaigning for employers to take on ex-offenders, and I commend him on his activity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

David Gauke: The decision about the magistrates court in Cambridge will be for me to make. I want to look at all the evidence and the representations that have been made, and I will make a decision in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

David Gauke: The hon. Gentleman will be aware of the case that was before the Supreme Court recently. We shall see where that leads, but I am sure that a member of the ministerial team would be delighted to meet the all-party parliamentary group.

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Female Offender Strategy (27 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: Today, I am launching the Government’s female offender strategy following our commitment in the November 2016 Prison Safety and Reform White Paper. If we are to make any significant difference for victims, families and wider society, we must break the cycle of reoffending by taking the necessary steps to understand and address the underlying causes of offending. The evidence tells us...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Justice & Home Affairs post-Council statement (12 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: The Justice and Home Affairs Council took place in Luxembourg on 4 and 5 June 2018. The UK was represented by a senior official from the Ministry of Justice on Justice Day (4 June). The Home Secretary represented the UK on Interior Day (5 June). Justice Day began with a discussion on the Contract Law- Sales of Goods Directive. The UK supported the Presidency’s approach of a single set...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Housing and Benefits (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: A home provides a released offender with a stable platform and increases their chances of finding a job, accessing health services and tuning their lives around. The Government aim to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027. As part of this commitment, my Department will work with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to pilot initiatives, helping those with a history of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Housing and Benefits (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: We must work across government to ensure that those circumstances do not happen. It is right that we engage with local authorities, the MHCLG and the DWP to ensure that the support is there, and we also need to make sure that the probation service is working as it should to provide support for those offenders.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Housing and Benefits (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend makes a good point and we discuss this issue with the MHCLG. We are also working with the Local Government Association in advance of its October commencement of the duty to refer under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 to improve partnership working between prisons, probation providers and local authorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Housing and Benefits (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: That is an important point, and we will publish our women offenders strategy in the near future. We must address reoffending by ensuring that when people are released they are settled in the community as successfully as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Housing and Benefits (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: I congratulate my hon. Friend on managing to raise the issue of right to build in as many forums as possible, and I would be delighted to meet him to discuss the opportunities here.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Housing and Benefits (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: I accept that if we want to reduce reoffending and to rehabilitate, we have to ensure that we address the issue of housing. I absolutely accept that, which is why I am determined to work with local authorities and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to address it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Education and Employment (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: On 24 May, we launched the education and employment strategy to create a system in which each prisoner is set on a path to employment from the outset. This is vital because reoffending costs society around £15 billion each year. Effective rehabilitation needs prisoners to be willing to commit to change, take advice, learn new skills and take opportunities to work, and if they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Education and Employment (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for his work on the Homelessness Reduction Act, which was a significant achievement. In respect of making sure that the incentives in the system are right, my hon. Friend absolutely hits the nail on the head. I am determined to ensure that we have the right incentives in the system to reward good behaviour and to bring down reoffending.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Education and Employment (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: Our approach is to encourage employers to take on ex-offenders. Some employers do marvellous work and not only make a real contribution to society, but find that they get very good employees. There are also employers who, frankly, are not engaging at all. There has been a change in public mood on this issue and we want to encourage much more engagement. We all have a role to play.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Education and Employment (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend raises an important point. Information and communications technology forms part of the prison common core curriculum. It will be increasingly important, which is why it is right that we provide training in digital and technology skills. It is worth pointing out that from April 2019, governors will be given increased flexibility to commission the right education mix for their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Education and Employment (5 Jun 2018)

David Gauke: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for raising that point. She is absolutely right about the repeat-offending nature of domestic abuse. She will be aware of the Government’s consultation on domestic abuse, which concluded at the end of last month. We are looking at ways in which we can bring down reoffending, and getting the right courses and training in prisons, including on domestic...


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