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Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments: Primates (16 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office publishes Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain which are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-of-scie ntific-procedures-on-living-animals.

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments: Primates (16 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office publishes all cases of non-compliance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act on an annual basis. The reports are available in the Home Office Regulator’s Annual Report at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/animals-in-science -regulation-unit-annual-reports.

Written Answers — Home Office: Fraud (16 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office collects data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, based at the City of London Police, on the number of recorded fraud offences reported to the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre and on how these crimes have been resolved. The most recently published data showing volumes of fraud recorded and type of resolutions are for the year ending March 2018 which are...

Written Answers — Home Office: Fraud (16 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Government has invested in a new IT analytics engine for the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre (formerly Action Fraud) and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). The victim reporting process has been greatly improved through the implementation of a streamlined, more intuitive online portal for crime reporting. The analytics engine within the NFIB has been...

Written Answers — Home Office: Electronic Surveillance (16 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The government continues to give careful consideration to the Court’s findings. The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 replaced large parts of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) which was the subject of this challenge. This includes the introduction of a ‘double lock’ which requires warrants for the use of these powers to be authorised by a Secretary of State and approved by a...

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments: Primates (16 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office ensures that animals are only used when necessary and under strict controls which keep suffering to a minimum. Any research which we licence must undergo a thorough harm-benefit analysis including ensuring that the planned work implements the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement).

Written Answers — Home Office: Anti-corruption Ministerial Group (16 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: In this Parliament, the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on Anti-Corruption met on 2 July 2018 and is next scheduled to meet on 14 November 2018. The IMG guides the UK’s overall efforts to combat corruption and its corrosive effects, primarily by scrutinising implementation of the December 2017 cross-government UK Anti-Corruption Strategy and driving specific cross-Whitehall policy initiatives.

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: Thank you for your patience, Mr Speaker; I apologise. You were even more efficient in the conduct of the previous urgent question than normal, so I have had to run to the House to answer the hon. Gentleman’s question. The management of Syria travellers is not a new or emerging issue. Since the conflict began, approximately 900 people have travelled from the UK to take part, of whom 40% have...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am old enough to remember “Jackanory” and I think that I have just heard a “Jackanory” narrative from the hon. Gentleman. Let me deal with his questions. He asserted that, in every case previously, we have always sought assurances. That has not been the case. I apologise for not getting back to him in time for his summer reading. We did have to go back into the previous Labour...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: What these individuals who are suspected of an offence and many others have coming is justice. We will do everything we can to work with our allies to see that justice is administered in a way that follows due process and that takes place in a court of law, where there is a separation between the judiciary and the Executive, where people have a right to defence and to make an argument, and...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: I think both the hon. Gentleman and I were slightly caught short by the speed of the previous urgent question. I will do my best to answer his questions. Our guidance for upholding our principled position on the death penalty and following MLA requests is contained in the OSJA, published in 2011. Paragraph 9(b) on the death penalty clearly states: “Where no assurances are forthcoming or...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend makes an important point and reminds us that we have to balance everyone’s rights—the rights of my constituents to go about their business securely and safely and their right to life against the rights of other people to a fair trial and not to be subject to torture and other conditions. There are no easy solutions. Where we find we have the powers to deal with individuals...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: It is the policy of this Government to seek justice for the victims, in accordance with not only our principles but the OSJA guidance, which is the published policy of this Government, introduced under the coalition Government in 2011. I asked whether I had received any representations from any Member of the House on the OSJA guidance while I have been Security Minister or whether my...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: Every week, I see cases of exclusions. We exclude people in line with the legislation. If they are from the EU, we have some powers to exclude, and if they are from outside the EEA, we have more powers to exclude. We exclude people and, as I said, deprive people of their citizenship where the intelligence evidence points to the fact that either there is no alternative or they pose a...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: As I said earlier, this Government, the coalition Government and the Labour Government before it have, in exceptional circumstances or where there are strong reasons, not sought death penalty assurances. That has been the long-standing position of successive Governments under the OSJA. That is partly because, while we oppose the death penalty in principle, we have to balance the options on...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point. MLAs, which are often operational and judicial processes, are incredibly sensitive until they are aired, such as in a case or a hearing, as we saw at the beginning of the week with the case of the two individuals in Syria. That is partly because to publicly air the details of an investigation or an MLA request and our police asking for that information,...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: One of the biggest challenges we face in our free and open democracy, where international travel is common and affordable for many people, is that that makes us vulnerable. The 900-odd people who travelled to Syria did so predominantly on scheduled flights from this country, and a number of those who have returned came via, for example, Turkey, often using flights from holiday resorts. We do...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: I understand the hon. Lady’s point about our values. As a former soldier, I have stood and upheld those values in pressing times, when the enemy or indeed the local population are very hostile; it is about us being better than them. In this specific case, however, the two individuals are not in our control; we cannot extradite them, move them or control them. This is about evidence—could...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: I have to disappoint the hon. Gentleman. When the agreement on the MLA was made, it was stated clearly that if any other use of the evidence was requested, they would have to come back here to get permission for that use. The Government’s stated policy is to oppose Guantanamo Bay detention—[Interruption.] Hang on. “Any other use” covers every use they would like to make of the...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: Yes, the hon. Gentleman can say that. This case is obviously before the courts, but it was an evidential request for a criminal trial and we followed OSJA guidance back in 2011, which is better guidance than the non-existent guidance of the previous Labour Government.


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