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Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Justice Update (26 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: I have today signed a Justice Devolution Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with London Councils and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). This agreement will fundamentally change the way the criminal justice and offender management systems interact with local partners in London. We are moving towards a model where greater local influence is seen in a number of key delivery...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Justice update (20 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: The Government is today introducing into the House of Lords legislation through the Civil Liability Bill to make important changes to our system of compensation for personal injury. As announced in the Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017, the Civil Liability Bill will reform the law relating to whiplash claims. We will introduce a new fixed tariff of compensation for pain, suffering and...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (7 Mar 2018)

Justice: The work of the Ministry of Justice. 10:00 am; The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Closures (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: Maintaining access to justice is a key principle when changes to the estate are proposed. Before issuing our consultation on court closures in January, we assessed the impact on access to justice—principally, the changes in travel time for court users. The decision to close a court is never taken lightly, and is made only after full public consultation and where we are satisfied that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Closures (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her comments, but we also have to take into account the fact that 41% of courts and tribunals used less than half their available hearing capacity during the financial year 2016-17, and across the country courts are utilised at 58% of their capacity. In those circumstances, where resources are scarce we have to make decisions about the reforms we undertake.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Closures (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: The reality is that we are undertaking a series of reforms, making much greater use of digital technology and increasing access to online ways of dealing with this. This is an important modernisation that the courts system needs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Closures (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising this point, on which I have received representations. This is consistent with what happens elsewhere within the judiciary, but I am conscious that it will continue to be a matter of some debate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Closures (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: I hope to be able to bring forward further news on the courts Bill in the near future, but I am not going to give the undertaking the hon. Lady seeks. It is important that we continue to look to get the best out of the resources we have. If that means reforms here in making greater use of digital technology and ensuring that our court estate is as rational and efficient as possible, we will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoner Work Experience (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: In 2016-17, offenders completed 16 million hours of work and there were, on average, 11,200 offenders working in prison workshops. In the same period, 2,048 individuals were released on temporary licence for work-related purposes. The New Futures Network will aim to get even more prisoners working during their sentence and to see that that work leads to employment on release.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoner Work Experience (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: Certainly, the prospect of a cup of tea with the hon. Gentleman does concentrate the mind, and I would be delighted to accept his invitation. We are trying to ensure that we have a prison system that encourages people to progress by having opportunities to gain experience of work, and I am keen to do that in this post.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoner Work Experience (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: I thank the Chair of the Justice Committee for his comments. I do want to look at whether we can expand release on temporary licence and provide these opportunities more widely. On his second point, I am keen to ensure that we provide as much support as possible and make it clear that there is a second chance for people who have gone to prison. If they abide by the rules and comply with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoner Work Experience (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: The hon. Lady raises a good point, and rightly so. I am keen to do precisely as she suggests. A lot of work already goes on in prisons with, for example, work coaches providing this support. Part of the challenge is about access to emails. We need to look very carefully at that because it raises a large number of questions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoner Work Experience (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: I agree with my hon. Friend. I have seen surveys suggesting that some 50% of employers simply will not engage. It is frustrating that when one speaks to employers who do take on ex-offenders, their experience is frequently very positive indeed. If we can increasingly build a culture whereby these offenders are given that opportunity, that is good for the offenders and good for society, as it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal System (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: We are seeking a new deep and special partnership with the EU that works for the whole United Kingdom. Of course, Scotland and Northern Ireland have distinct legal systems. That is why, in the negotiations on civil judicial co-operation, market access for our legal services and criminal justice, I want a deal that works for Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as England and Wales. That is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal System (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: In terms of what is described as the continuity Bill, I am not sure, in all honesty, how helpful or useful that will prove to be. The reality is that there is very close scrutiny in this House of the measures the Government are taking and the negotiations we are having.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal System (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: The hon. Gentleman states his position very clearly and forthrightly. As we leave the European Union, new flexibilities will arise for all parts of the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal System (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: The extent to which this Parliament decides that it wishes to replicate provisions of EU law is a matter for this Parliament, and whether or not we put that in the EU withdrawal Bill, that freedom will continue to exist for this Parliament.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal System (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: When the charter of fundamental rights was brought in, the argument was made at the time that it was essentially replicating rights set out elsewhere in other parts of EU treaties. To the extent that that fundamentally changes matters, there is certainly a debate to be had about it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: UK Legal System (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: It is absolutely right that we provide legal certainty for businesses, families and individuals as we leave the European Union. That is why, as the Prime Minister said in her speech on Friday, part of our future partnership with the EU will be to have effective reciprocal arrangements with the EU to deal with cross-border legal disputes in civil and family matters. The best way to deliver...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: UK Legal System (6 Mar 2018)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend is right that we should be prepared. He will be aware that the Treasury has made another £3 billion of extra funding available to Departments for 2018 to 2020. We are in discussion with the Treasury about the allocation for the justice system, and we hope to agree it soon.


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