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Written Answers — Home Office: Terrorism (21 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (’the Act’) conferred upon the Secretary of State power to make a control order against an individual for purposes connected with protecting the public from a risk of terrorism. Section 10 provided for the subject of a control order to appeal against its renewal, the modification of its obligations, or the refusal of an application from the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism: Databases (21 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: The information on which a decision would have been made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department to impose a control order under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 would be held on the systems of the relevant government departments and agencies. Information regarding each control order case are detailed in the open judgements, which are available online. The 2005 Act was repealed...

Written Answers — Home Office: Firearms (21 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and wider law enforcement regularly assess the volume of illegal firearms in the UK. NABIS produce quarterly reports on the threat, however, their assessment is continuous and key information is shared amongst law enforcement on a real time basis. This information is operationally sensitive and not suitable for release. We are continuing...

Written Answers — Home Office: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (21 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: Whilst we keep the list of proscribed groups under review, we do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationals Abroad: Islamic State (21 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: The Government has been consistently clear; everyone who returns from taking part in the conflict in Syria or Iraq will be investigated by the police to determine if they have committed criminal offences. Where there is a case to answer those individuals will be prosecuted. We are working with our international partners, bilaterally and via the UN, to improve the sharing of information to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Cybercrime (21 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: The security of certain UK organisations, including the CNI, is of utmost importance. The Government is working with industry to provide advice and expertise on the management of their risk. Through the National Cyber Security Programme, we have invested through Lead Departments, the Intelligence Agencies and regulators to better understand cyber risk, share threat information, improve the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: Regional organised crime units are a critical part of the national policing network, and an efficient and effective vehicle for tackling complex and serious organised crime. Since 2013, the Government have invested £140 million in ROCU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: I recognise my hon. and learned Friend’s concern about hare coursing. If there is any suspicion that a crime has been committed, the concern should be referred to the relevant police force. Regional organised crime units lead investigations into complex and serious organised crimes. Decisions on investigations adopted by these units that are based on threat, risk and harm are for the police.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: I totally agree with the hon. Gentleman’s observations. Tackling organised crime regionally is only one part of the line. That line goes from the grassroots of policing using local police forces alongside local authorities all the way up to the National Crime Agency, which can use its international reach to ensure that it stops organised criminals becoming suppliers, or becoming bigger...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving me the opportunity to point out what we are doing about county lines. County lines is a growing problem—recently particularly in Merseyside, the south-east and Somerset—whereby some of the worst type of criminals take advantage of mentally ill or vulnerable people, using their properties to supply drugs, hide weapons and so on. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: This year, the Government and police and crime commissioners are investing a record sum in regional organised crime units across the country. That is why, in the year alone, there have been convictions totalling 2,375 years and confiscation orders of more than £25 million, half of which can go back into police forces to catch the next lot of bad guys. Regional organised crime units have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Major Cyber-Crimes (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: UK law enforcement successfully identified suspects in nine out of 10 of the most serious cyber-crimes from October last year to March this year, and have arrested suspects in seven out of 10 of them. We are demonstrating that cyber-criminals will face the full force of the law—no matter how untouchable they think they are—and will be brought to justice.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Major Cyber-Crimes (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: Following the national cyber-security strategy, the Government set up the National Cyber Security Centre, which issues a range of advice to businesses and individuals. To complement that, the National Cyber Security Centre also helps to support the national campaign, Cyber Aware, the Take Five campaign and Cyber Essentials.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Major Cyber-Crimes (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: The right hon. Gentleman asks a valid question. Of course, our ambition is to continue in the same way, with access to and from member states. We have made a good offer, and we will see what the European Commission’s offer in response is.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Major Cyber-Crimes (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman raises some really valid questions and points, which we have to build on. That is why, alongside the national cyber-security strategy, we have been working with the National Crime Agency and its international network—we have NCA officers all the way round the world. Embedded in that is the National Cyber Crime Unit. GCHQ, as an intelligence agency, works with many of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: Like my hon. and learned Friend, I recently met a number of banks to discuss how they can help to keep people safe online. Barclays has done an extremely good job with its latest campaign, as has NatWest; I went to its launch today. The Government work closely with them in the joint fraud taskforce to make sure that we come up with joint responses and help each other fund tackling such problems.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend makes a valid point about the threat that these people pose. That is why the Government will where possible—where we have the evidence—prosecute, as we have prosecuted them in the past, people who go to fight, no matter whom they fight with, if they commit an offence overseas. We also use things such as temporary exclusion orders, deprivations of citizenship and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: I met a number of Merseyside MPs recently to discuss that threat, and I speak to the hon. Lady’s chief constable on the subject every week. After the initial meeting, I looked at proposals being offered by the Home Office. I have asked that we go back and look again for more assistance for Merseyside and the wider region, because more needs to be done. That is why we are investing in...

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism: Police (16 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: The Government is in regular dialogue with the police, including the National Police Chiefs’ Council, to ensure that the right powers, capabilities and resources are in place across all areas of policing. The 2015 Spending Review settlement protected counter-terrorism policing spend until 2020-21, and included a significant capital increase to deliver growth of key counter-terrorist...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Office: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000: Consultation on revised Codes of Practice (16 Nov 2017)

Ben Wallace: I am today publishing three revised codes of practice for consultation under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 The consultation is in relation to the following codes: 1. The Covert Surveillance and Property Interference Code of Practice. 2. The Covert Human Intelligence Sources Code of Practice These codes provide guidance on the authorisation of directed surveillance,...


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