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Results 1–20 of 5133 for speaker:Jeremy Wright

Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Testing and Assessment (26 Jan 2009)

Jeremy Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the educational testing and assessment regime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Student Finance (29 Jan 2009)

Jeremy Wright: Whether he plans to amend the rules determining eligibility for funding for students undertaking an equivalent or lower qualification.

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Student Finance (29 Jan 2009)

Jeremy Wright: I am grateful to the Minister for that answer, and I hope that those who will be affected will find it encouraging. We are starting to appreciate the scale of the economic recession and he has just indicated that the Government are speaking to HEFCE about offering more help to people who become unemployed, particularly in respect of disciplines different from those in which they previously...

Business of the House (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: Now that we have a national dementia strategy for England, the long-awaited arrival of which was announced to the world by the Secretary of State for Health on the "Andrew Marr Show", and to the House by written, not oral, statement on Tuesday, may we please have a debate on it in Government time, so that the people who are affected can hear the House discuss what is not in the strategy and...

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: May I first apologise to the witnesses for missing the beginning of the evidence session? I want to ask about special measures and suspect that the questions would be best directed to Gillian Guy.

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: I bid for special measures.

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: Gillian Guy, can I ask you about special measures? If any other witnesses want to come in, please feel free, but I suspect this is more for you than for them. Clause 82, as you know, gives the absolute right for witnesses in specified offences involving guns and knives to have special measures when they give evidence, and, as we all understand, the purpose of special measures is to enable...

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: You know that one of the arguments made against special measures, in particular circumstances, is that they make the defendant look more guilty when a witness is given certain measures through which they can give evidence. To counter that argument, would it be better for all witnesses, particularly those under the age of 18, for example, to be entitled to special measures, as a matter of...

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: I have a point of detail on clause 71(3), which outlines the first condition of which the court must be satisfied to make a witness anonymity order. Much of it is fairly clear. We understand what is meant by, “in order to protect the safety of a witness”. Paragraph (b) appears to relate to the activities of undercover officers of various sorts: “in order to prevent real harm to...

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: May I ask something about special measures for witnesses and then something about special measures for a defendant? The Bill provides automatic eligibility for witnesses under 18 to have  special measures for particular gun or knife crimes. Do Mr. Lodder and Mr. Stobbs think that there is logic in a particular section of offences being treated in this way? It severs the link that exists...

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: Mr. Lodder, can you think of any?

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: The other question I have is about clause 87 on the examination of the accused through an intermediary. We all understand how interpreters are used in criminal courts, but this is slightly different. The difference is in proposed new section 33BA(4), which sets out the function of an intermediary as to communicate “to the accused, questions put to the accused, and ... to any person...

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: Thank you. That is very helpful.

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: On this point, because of the provision that we are discussing at the moment, I want to return to something that Mr. Lodder said earlier about the possibility for maverick decisions being retained. Currently, we know that judges have the opportunity to disregard the guidelines, if they so choose. The Bill will retain the opportunity for them to do so, but only if they can demonstrate that it...

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: But my question was about the Bill becoming law and that tension increasing, because the sentencing council will have included cost considerations in its deliberations and drafting of the guidelines. Up to this point, that has not necessarily been the case.

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: I invite you to look at clause 42(4)(a), which is linked to paragraph (b) that has been referred to. I do not want to go back over what is justifiable and to whom. Do you believe that any properly directed jury would come to the conclusion that a woman marrying the wrong person or engaging in an affair with someone that the family disapproves of constitutes “circumstances of an extremely...

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: My point is that unless the jury were to come to that conclusion, it would not matter whether the defendant thought that their actions were justifiable or not.

Public Bill Committee: Coroners and Justice Bill (5 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: Perhaps we do not need to be as worried as we seem to be about the possibility of honour killings being allowed through by this clause.

Public Bill Committee: : Clause 1 (10 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: Does my hon. Friend agree that the difficulty with subsection (4) is that paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) are conjunctive? They relate to a senior coroner who has reason to believe that, first, a death has occurred in or near their jurisdiction; secondly, that the circumstances of that death are such that there should be an investigation; and thirdly, there is a duty to conduct an investigation....

Public Bill Committee: : Clause 1 (10 Feb 2009)

Jeremy Wright: I return to the point I made while interviewing my hon. Friend the Member for North-West Norfolk. The provision to which the Minister refers applies only if the death has occurred in or near the coroner’s area—it does not deal with the point that my hon. Friend the Member for Daventry raises about deaths that occur abroad. The Minister is right that there will be some occasions when...


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