Results 1–20 of 1869 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ben Wallace

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asset Recovery Programme (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Wallace: Since 2010, we have recovered £1.4 billion under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 provides important new powers to improve the asset recovery system, such as unexplained wealth orders and the forfeiture of bank accounts. The Government are also implementing the recommendations of a 2016 Public Accounts Committee report, and our asset recovery action plan...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asset Recovery Programme (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Wallace: I can give my hon. Friend that assurance. We are determined that unexplained wealth orders should be used not only by the NCA but by broader law enforcement to ensure that people have to prove where they got their wealth. Using that reverse burden of proof makes sure that we progress to taking an asset if a criminal’s wealth is unexplained and might have resulted from criminality.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asset Recovery Programme (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Wallace: I totally agree with the right hon. Gentleman. It is exactly our goal to keep all those measures, but there is another party on the other side of the negotiating table. We would like to keep those measures, and we will ask for that—perhaps he could ask them, too—and let us hope they give it to us.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Online Radicalisation (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Wallace: The Government have been clear that there should be no safe space online for terrorists and their supporters to radicalise, recruit, incite or inspire. We are working closely with the industry, including through the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, to encourage it to develop innovative solutions to tackle online radicalisation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Online Radicalisation (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend is right. Internet companies could do more with their technology. They could do much more to recognise that they have a responsibility for much of the stuff that is hosted on their sites and they could do more to take it down. That is why the United Kingdom Government, through the Global Internet Forum, are taking the lead in dealing with the issue. The Home Secretary was only...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Online Radicalisation (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman misses the point. The authority placing the contract will, of course, verify the conditions of the contract before signing it. Whether we put it together and say, “We’ve got 1,000”, is slightly the second point. The main issue is whether it is properly done. On top of that, the UK Government as a whole invest £1.9 billion into the national...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Wallace: There is no evidence that that has happened. Of course, people think that it probably will happen, but at the moment the figures do not match the theory. When anyone returns about whom we have a suspicion that they have been fighting for any group or committed a crime overseas, they can expect to be arrested and questioned by the appropriate police forces. If there is evidence, we will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Lady makes the valid point that a number of shooting crimes are being committed at the moment. That is why the Government have increased funding to police and specialist policing by £32 million for armed uplift to ensure that we have trained officers on the ground to deal with such threats, and that when we go after criminals who are armed, the police are protected and have the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Recruitment (3 Jul 2017)

Ben Wallace: The Government’s programme of reforms is aimed at ensuring that the police workforce is flexible, capable and professional, agile enough to adapt to changes in crime and society. We established the College of Policing as the professional body for policing, and its new policing education qualification framework is designed to ensure that policing is fit for the future. In addition,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Recruitment (3 Jul 2017)

Ben Wallace: We are already encouraging more police chiefs to take advantage of the direct entry scheme. There are a range of innovative examples around the country, including the chief constable in Durham, who is going direct to Sheffield University. As my hon. Friend says, it is also important to recognise police who are already serving, and that is why we fully support the advanced practitioner...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Recruitment (3 Jul 2017)

Ben Wallace: I am delighted to join my hon. Friend in paying tribute to his force. It is really important that in the 21st century we recognise that policing has changed and that people who can contribute to delivering safe streets and investigations come from all over—from education opportunities in universities and from within forces and other public sector bodies. That is why direct entry is one...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Recruitment (3 Jul 2017)

Ben Wallace: I am grateful to the hon. Lady who, like me, is a Lancashire MP. I speak regularly with the chief constable of Lancashire and his officers. They have put in place lots of measures to ensure that hate crimes do not impact on the community. It is important to note that since 2010 crime has fallen in Lancashire. It is not simply that crime has remained high and police numbers have been cut. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Recruitment (3 Jul 2017)

Ben Wallace: As the right hon. Gentleman knows, the number of police required in each force is down to the chief constable of each force. He should recognise, because in 2009-10 he was doing a similar job to me, that, owing to the changing nature of policing, we have seen an increase in funding for the National Crime Agency and specialist policing to tackle those areas. That goes alongside normal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2017)

Ben Wallace: Through the national cyber-security programme, we are investing £1.9 billion in cyber-security. We are investing in the National Crime Agency, the National Cyber Crime Unit and the National Cyber Security Centre, as well as the regional organised crime units at local level to ensure that there is a regional response. We have also given an extra £10 million to improve Action...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2017)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend makes an important point about the dangers that drones can pose to aircraft, but drones are also used illegally to supply drugs to prisons and they are used by terrorists and criminals further afield. That is why this Government set up a group chaired by me and the Ministry of Defence about a year ago to look at measures that we can put in place not only to deal with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2017)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend is right, and he has raised the issue before. That is why we have given some extra funding to Action Fraud to improve the process of managing the triage. At the same time, through the national cyber strategy, we are starting to see money going into the investments we require. Working with senior police leadership, whom I met last week, we are also trying to make sure that the...

Digital Economy Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (26 Apr 2017)

Ben Wallace: I beg to move, That this House agrees with Lords amendment 1.

Digital Economy Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (26 Apr 2017)

Ben Wallace: I just heard what you had to read through, Madam Deputy Speaker. I have 147 amendments, so I hope the Chair has changed by the time we have got through them. However, I do not think we will be taking them individually. When we sent the Bill to the Lords some months ago, there was considerable cross-party consensus on its aims and measures. Having received robust scrutiny, we made a number of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Security Services: Terrorist Prevention (6 Mar 2017)

Ben Wallace: The UK has one of the world’s most effective legal regimes to empower our law enforcement agencies and security services to tackle terrorism. The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the Terrorism Act 2000 and, more recently, the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 form the foundation of our continued strategy to counter terrorism in the 21st century.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Security Services: Terrorist Prevention (6 Mar 2017)

Ben Wallace: I ask my hon. Friend to reflect on the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, but I put on record our appreciation of the extra efforts of forces across the country in delivering the extra £144 million armed uplift that, as my right hon. Friend has said, will see an extra 1,000 armed officers and additional round-the-clock specialist teams operating across the whole...


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