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Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) (20 Feb 2018)

David Gauke: The OPCAT, which the UK ratified in December 2003, requires States Parties to establish a “National Preventive Mechanism” (NPM) to carry out visits to places of detention to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The Government established the independent UK NPM in March 2009, and extended its membership in December 2013, and in January...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Justice and Home Affairs Post Council Statement (1 Feb 2018)

David Gauke: The first meeting of EU Interior and Justice Ministers during the Bulgarian Presidency took place on 25 and 26 January in Sofia. Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bulgaria, Emma Hopkins, and a senior Government official represented the UK for Interior day. I represented the UK for justice day. Interior day began with a debate on European Asylum Policy. The Presidency set out its objective...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: The Government have made it a priority to ensure that there is a smooth legal transition both in our negotiations with the EU and in our domestic implementing legislation. I fully appreciate that Scotland and Northern Ireland have distinct legal systems, and that is why my Department has been working closely with the devolved Administrations, looking at how our legal and justice systems are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: First, I thank the hon. Gentleman for his words. It is pleasing to know that, wherever I go, he follows. Regarding the hon. Gentleman’s question, we are ambitious—we want to get the best deal. I appreciate that, in the course of negotiations, it is possible that our interlocutors will express an adverse opinion, but we will continue to engage and to be ambitious.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: We continue to engage with the Scottish Government across the board, including on that implementation matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: Since 2010, we have removed more than 40,000 foreign national offenders from our prisons, immigration removal centres and indeed the community. There is a range of removal mechanisms that enable the return of foreign offenders to their home countries. The Government are now considering future criminal justice arrangements with the EU with the aim of continuing our close working relationship.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: The hon. Lady raises an important point. Having satisfactory arrangements with the European Union in that and other matters is important. It is right that we are ambitious so that the interests of children are put at the heart of what we do.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: I thank my hon. Friend. Given that the last Lord Chancellor from Ipswich was Cardinal Wolsey, who ran into some difficulties in negotiations with a powerful European supranational body, I should tread carefully. It is important that in our negotiations we try as best we can to provide the certainty my hon. Friend seeks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: I am not sure that I would accept the hon. and learned Lady’s characterisation of the position as one of oversight. I made it clear in the very first answer I gave in this role that I fully appreciate that Scotland had a distinct legal system. However, I would certainly be delighted to discuss the matter with her further.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: I want to ensure that we end up in a position that is good for the legal system and legal services in every part of the United Kingdom. That certainly includes Scotland, and of course I will want to engage with representations and representatives from all parts of the United Kingdom to ensure that we get the best possible deal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: As I said to my hon. Friend the Member for Mansfield (Ben Bradley), we are considering future criminal justice arrangements with the European Union. We want close working relationships, but we also need to work together to ensure that foreign national offenders can be removed when possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victim Impact Statements (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: It is critical that the voice of the victim is heard in the criminal justice system. The victims code is clear that victims are entitled to make a victim personal statement to explain in their own words, to a court or to the Parole Board, how the crime has affected them. We are spending £96 million this year to fund critical support services for victims of crime. Under the code, all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victim Impact Statements (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend has raised this with me before. We are committed to making sure that practical and emotional support is in place for victims throughout the criminal justice process, such as by providing independent sexual violence and domestic violence advisers. If victims wish to attend a parole hearing to present their victim personal statement, a Secretary of State representative is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victim Impact Statements (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: First, I express my sympathy with Mr and Mrs Mullins, who have experienced the most horrendous situation. In the context of another case, I have already made it clear that we need to look again at how the victim support process works. We want to look at that specific case and, more generally, at how we can improve the situation of victims. In this particular case, of course I am willing to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victim Impact Statements (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: I am happy to meet my right hon. Friend. I am not in a position to comment on that particular case, but I am of course willing to engage with him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victim Impact Statements (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: As I announced to the House on Friday, Dame Glenys Stacey has agreed to undertake a fact-finding review of what happened with regard to victims in the Worboys case. It is important that we get to the bottom of precisely what happened and whether processes were followed. I am aware of conflicting evidence on that point, so it is important that we pursue it. I quite understand why the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victim Impact Statements (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend has been tireless on this matter in recent weeks. The precise conditions are operational matters that are decided at operational level, but let me reassure him that nearly a fortnight ago I wrote to the relevant authorities and stressed the need to ensure that the concerns of victims are at the heart of the process and that the most stringent conditions are applied.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Parole Board (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: Public safety is the primary consideration in Parole Board decisions on releasing a prisoner. The law requires that the Parole Board may direct release only if it is satisfied that continued detention is no longer necessary for the protection of the public. Parole Board members are selected on account of their experience and ability to assess risk. Their decisions are based on a comprehensive...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Parole Board (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: I thank my hon. Friend for his remarks. The safety of the public is the Parole Board’s overriding concern in considering whether a prisoner should be released, and that will be the Board’s concern when it comes to reviewing Pitchfork’s detention. I can confirm that the families of Pitchfork’s victims are receiving regular contact under the Probation Service Victim...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Parole Board (23 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: Ultimately, these are operational decisions. A number of factors have to be taken into account in deciding what licensed conditions exist, but, clearly, the views and concerns of victims are an important part of that process.


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