Results 81–100 of 3484 for speaker:Ben Wallace

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Online Radicalisation (16 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Lady makes a really valid point. One of the challenges is that, while broadcast is obviously covered by Ofcom and so on, some individuals move online and broadcast speeches that would be illegal if they were broadcast under Ofcom’s responsibility. I am due to visit the United States this week, and that is exactly one of the points that I shall be raising, so her question was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Online Radicalisation (16 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: First of all, the relative could make a report to the police, the local authority, local safeguarding officers or safeguarding officers at school. That report would then be looked at in conjunction with a Prevent panel. People’s names would not be logged; they would not be part of a deep surveillance operation. They would simply be looked at, and the case would be discussed at a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Online Radicalisation (16 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: In answer to the hon. Gentleman’s question, and the question from the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green), there is no doubt that the only way to curtail such radicalisation is by working with all our international partners, whether in the middle east, Europe or the United States. We have to act together, which is why my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary sits on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: I think that my hon. Friend might have got lost in the dark web just then. Our dark web programme is investing in specialist capability to disrupt and bring to justice those who use online anonymity to trade in illegal goods and services, including personal data. Much of the risk to families and businesses can be defeated by simple best practice. The Cyber Aware campaign encourages small...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point, and that is why at Gartcosh, just outside Glasgow, we have put together the National Crime Agency and Police Scotland to tackle, through cyber-crime units, that very problem. It is absolutely true that the best thing to do is to make sure we work in solid partnership, whether that involves the agency, local police or regional organised crime units.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: The biggest challenge in that space is often that when we make a referral to internet companies, the speed at which they take content down is not as rapid as it should be. We often identify it quickly. By working with a technology company, we have managed to produce a system that is 99.95% accurate. Let us see what the internet companies can do, but there is still more to be done.

Written Answers — Home Office: Money Laundering: Prosecutions (6 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: No businesses were proceeded against at magistrates’ courts for this offence from 2012 to 2016. More than 6600 individuals have been convicted of money laundering offences in the same period. The Financial Conduct Authority has levied a number of fines against banks which have failed to implement proper anti-money laundering controls.

Written Answers — Home Office: Proceeds of Crime (6 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: The UK has a robust legal and regulatory framework which enables effective investigation and prosecution of money laundering, corruption and the recovery of illicit assets. This Government has recovered more criminal assets than ever before. Using Proceeds of Crime Act powers, £1.4bn was taken from offenders between April 2010 and March 2017, with many hundreds of millions more frozen....

Written Answers — Home Office: Corruption (5 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Anti-Corruption IMG last met in March 2017, co-chaired by Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer MP and the Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion Sir Eric Pickles MP. Following the publication of the anti-corruption strategy, membership is being revised to ensure effective ministerial oversight of Strategy priorities. I can confirm that it will be constituted by Ministers...

Written Answers — Home Office: Money Laundering (5 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office’s Flag It Up campaign is delivered in partnership with the accountancy and legal sectors, as well as law enforcement partners, to deter professionals within these sectors from potential involvement in money laundering. A robust range of measures are in place to evaluate the impact of this intervention. Evaluation of the previous phase demonstrated that professionals who...

Written Answers — Home Office: Proceeds of Crime: International Cooperation (4 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: The UK is committed to future cooperation with the EU on law enforcement and security, including in relation to the recovery of criminal assets. The UK will remain a member of CARIN (the Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network), an informal network of contacts and a cooperative group concerned with all aspects of confiscating the proceeds of crime. It is a network of practitioners from 53...

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism (4 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Government’s future partnership paper on security, law enforcement and criminal justice published on 18 September 2017 set out how the UK is seeking a future relationship with the EU and its Member States that provides for practical operational cooperation; facilitates data driven law enforcement; and supports multilateral cooperation through EU agencies. We continue to value our...

Written Answers — Home Office: Terrorism (3 Apr 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office does not comment on intelligence matters nor on matters which form part of ongoing investigations.

Opposition Day: Police Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Ben Wallace: In the short time left to me, I shall try to answer many of the valid, important and heartfelt points that colleagues from across the House have made about police funding. This is an important debate. We all value our police and we all wish we had more money to spend on policing and the rest of public services across the United Kingdom, but of course we have to live in an economic climate in...

Opposition Day: Police Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Ben Wallace: I do not have time to give way. We heard a number of contributions in the debate. The hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Drew Hendry) gave the usual off-the-shelf SNP answer, which is that, despite all the powers that we have given the Scottish Parliament, including tax-raising powers, and the above-average spending, England should pay. Somehow that is the SNP’s...

Opposition Day: Police Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Ben Wallace: No, I will not. I have a second to finish and the hon. Lady has had her say. The hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) gave a valid and thoughtful speech. The challenges in West Yorkshire are almost unique—that is why it is a Prevent priority area—with serious organised crime and inter-community threats to each other and, indeed, the state. That is why we have increased...

Opposition Day: Police Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Ben Wallace: I would be pleased to answer those specific questions. As for the ARV part of the uplift, we are over and above the original plans, so we are above target and the process is now complete. For the CTSFOs, which is the higher standard— I have been to visit Wakefield, where they do some of their training—the importance of that role is that they have to be so specialised that there is...

Opposition Day: Police Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Ben Wallace: The right hon. Gentleman has made an important point about detective numbers. Just to help him and make sure he understands, let me explain that the shortage of detectives is based on an establishment. It is not that 5,000 have been taken out of the system. There is a problem recruiting people to choose to be detectives as opposed to being in uniform, which is their current preference.

Kerslake Arena Attack Review (28 Mar 2018)

Ben Wallace: The horrific events that took place at the Manchester Arena on 22 May last year were an attack on the people of Manchester and further afield. All terrorist attacks are cowardly, but this was an appalling attack that deliberately targeted innocent people, many of them young, in which 22 people were killed and many more were injured. As a north-west MP, I feel the pain personally, as do many...

Kerslake Arena Attack Review (28 Mar 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell) for raising this important topic and giving Members on both sides of the House this opportunity to examine Lord Kerslake’s findings. Operation Plato is effectively the definition of the type of incident that we saw on that terrible night, and I understand her concern about whether it was followed too rigidly....


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