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Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: I note the right hon. Gentleman’s examples, but none of them—hospitals, local schools, local government—was about police numbers; they were about similar things to the things we are talking about today in the strategy and the broader response by society to tackling why violence is being embedded in communities. So it is not purely about the police numbers debate.

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am grateful for my right hon. Friend’s point. It is certainly the case with any type of crime, whether violent crime, serious crime, organised crime or terrorism, that it has to be dealt with not purely by arresting our way out of the problem.

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am going to press on. We can debate police numbers all we like in the House, but the simple fact of the matter is that, unless we get involved in prevention and share the burden more broadly in society—[Interruption.] As important, because it often slips the mind of the Opposition, is the fact that if we do not live within our means we will not be able to sustain the spending on our...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: Here is a good example. I visited Merseyside recently to see the work it has done on organised crime groups and county lines. A particularly nasty organised crime group was operating from one part of Merseyside and sending people up into Lancashire; a 15-year-old was sent into Lancashire to deal drugs in the Rossendale valley. We decided to take action against that organised crime group. The...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: Is the hon. Lady suggesting that I said it was okay for nine people in her constituency to die? That is the worst example of Punch and Judy and immature politics I have heard in this House for a very long time. It is fine for her to ask about resources, and it is fine for her to say that she does not think the response is correct, but she seems to suggest that a Government Minister is saying...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: The right hon. Gentleman makes a clear point. In the past, there were plenty of middlemen between the local gangs and the big serious organised criminals running out of Colombia or the Balkans. That has now reduced. Through safe and secure encryption, young people have the ability to order drugs and gangs have the ability to have delivered to their door large packets of drugs from Albanian or...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: I totally agree that we have to educate children about the dangers that they are exposed to. I go back to the point about modern communications and smartphones. In the past there was often a gulf between streetwise communities where young people grew up exposed to crime and were sometimes exploited by it, and other areas where people would say, “I never see gun crime in my...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: I do not disagree with the hon. Gentleman, who I know is on the violent crime taskforce. I often find that the crimes in my communities do not get reported. As a north-west MP, I sometimes feel that when crimes happen in London they get a higher profile than they would in Lancashire. We have a duty to point out to all our young people where they are vulnerable. I agree that some communities...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: I understand the fear about the challenges on summer nights. If five people had been killed in my communities, I would feel as horrified as the hon. Gentleman. First, we are building on the things that have been happening for years. We are getting everyone around the table—the Mayor of London is on the serious violence taskforce—because it is about engaging everyone. I am not deaf...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: I welcome the statement over the weekend from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on consulting on measures to remove both illegal and legal harms from the internet, and on the exposure of people, certainly young people, to those harms on the internet. I would welcome any suggestions from either side of the House, and the Home Office, alongside DCMS, will tackle those harms....

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: In the Home Office we are always open to listening to more demands. After Manchester last year I, as Security Minister, received a demand from Mark Rowley and the head of MI5, and we worked hard at the Treasury to get £50 million of extra money to respond to the operational pressures. It is not just London. Merseyside MPs saw a spate of murders and gun crime at the start of last year....

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: I will give way, and then I will have to make some progress.

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: I hear what the hon. Gentleman says. As I have said throughout, where we can find more resource to meet this pressure, we will. We might disagree on the wider economy issue but, nevertheless, we are trying to balance the books. Without doubt, it is important that we have this framework in place, with £49 million of early investment, as well as other sums, to make sure that we start the...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: No, I really have to press on. I have given way quite a lot. I am about to read my speech backwards, and Members will not want to hear it twice. As I have said, it is vital that we steer young people away from crime in the first place. We have to support positive alternatives and timely interventions to provide them with the skills and resilience to lead productive lives free from violence....

Written Answers — Home Office: Hamas: Proscribed Organisations (22 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: Hamas Izz al-Din al-Qassem Brigades (Hamas IDQ), the military wing of Hamas, was proscribed in March 2001. A decision to proscribe an organisation must be based on a belief that it is concerned in terrorism as defined in the Terrorism Act 2000. We do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.

Written Answers — Home Office: Chemicals: Electronic Commerce (17 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: The “Sell Chemical Products Responsibly” leaflet was re-issued following amendments to Schedule 1A to the Poisons Act 1972 laid on 3 April. It was designed with face to face transactions in mind, providing some indicators of suspicious transactions as well as how to identify products of concern and report suspicions. Specific, tailored guidance has been shared with online...

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism (16 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: In the Prime Minister’s speech of 4th June 2017 (‘Enough is Enough’) she outlined the Government’s commitment to review the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST), drawing on lessons learned from the attacks in London and Manchester earlier this year. As the threat we face from terrorism becomes more complex, our strategy needs to evolve with it. We will...

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Written Questions (16 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: As the threat we face from terrorism becomes more complex, our CONTEST strategy needs to evolve with it. We have undertaken a comprehensive review of the strategy and we will publish our new strategy shortly.

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism: Finance (3 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: This Government is committed to the Prevent programme: Prevent's spend was £37.7 million in 2016-17, and is allocated £45.5 million from 2017-18. Prevent is working and is successful. Prevent has made a significant impact in safeguarding people being drawn into terrorism.

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Behavioural Insights Team (2 May 2018)

Ben Wallace: The work with the Behavioural Insight Team is commercially sensitive, therefore we will not release information on funding.


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