Results 1–20 of 2615 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jeremy Wright

Attorney General: Terrorism Offences: Prosecution (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: The last financial year saw the highest number of terrorism-related arrests in any year since data collection began, and a 55% increase in trials from the previous year. The conviction rate in terrorism prosecutions remained at 86%. The team of specialist prosecutors within the Crown Prosecution Service counter-terrorism division has doubled in size and their skills have been enhanced through...

Attorney General: Terrorism Offences: Prosecution (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who has considerable experience in prosecuting cases. He is right that disclosure is a huge challenge, and becoming an ever greater one, because of the volume of material that arises, particularly in terrorism cases. We need to make sure we understand fully how we deal with a large quantity particularly of electronic material and sift it effectively. Then we...

Attorney General: Terrorism Offences: Prosecution (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: This is a matter of considerable public concern. He will know that many of the offences related to what is happening in Syria are offences of preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Over the 10 years from 2006 to 2016, 90 offenders were charged with these offences, 81 of whom received immediate custodial sentences at an average of eight years and five months’ imprisonment.

Attorney General: Terrorism Offences: Prosecution (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: Across the United Kingdom, the volume of cases and convictions is going up all the time. It is important that we recognise that the volume of cases reflects a genuine problem—a problem not just of terrorist acts, but of those who encourage or glorify terrorism. We must make sure the law keeps pace with that in terms of substantive offences and the sentencing regime.

Attorney General: Terrorism Offences: Prosecution (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: I agree that incitement to hatred is reprehensible, from wherever it comes and whatever subject it is based on, and it is important that the criminal law is available to deal with that conduct. The hon. Gentleman is right too—he has heard me say this before—that conduct online should be treated no less seriously than conduct offline. No one should imagine that they are immune from...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Prosecution of Criminals (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: The Prime Minister has made it clear that the United Kingdom is committed to maintaining both the UK’s and Europe’s security now and after our withdrawal from the EU. We believe that the UK and the EU should work together to design new, dynamic arrangements as part of our future partnership, that would allow us to continue and to strengthen our close collaboration on security, law...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Prosecution of Criminals (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: Yes, I can give the hon. Gentleman that reassurance, and he is absolutely right that such offences are best dealt with transnationally, because they are committed transnationally. He will recognise that outside the European Union we have a number of different relationships with many other countries to enable us to do law enforcement more effectively and of course bring prosecutions more...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Prosecution of Criminals (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: Yes. My hon. Friend is right that data is crucial to this, and he will recognise that two things need to be done simultaneously. We need to aspire to the closest possible co-operation in law enforcement and security with our European friends after our departure from the EU. We also, of course, need to prepare for what I think is the unlikely possibility that we will not have an ongoing...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Prosecution of Criminals (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: As I said to the hon. Member for Stockton North (Alex Cunningham), we should all recognise that crimes like money laundering do not stop at national borders and therefore they cannot be combated solely by one nation state, and they are not being. Our co-operation with other countries will continue, and I hope be enhanced, because I believe this kind of transnational offending is likely to...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Prosecution of Criminals (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: Yes. As the hon. Gentleman will readily recognise, one of the challenges in cases like this is to determine the appropriate jurisdiction, because many other law enforcement agencies in many other countries may well have an interest, but we do try and do that, and we are generally successful in reaching what I think are sensible settlements on who does what. He can rest assured that under this...

Attorney General: Rape and Sexual Offences: Prosecutions (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: I have frequent discussions with the Director of Public Prosecutions on a range of issues, including cases of rape and other sexual offences. May I take this opportunity to update the House on one aspect of trials of this kind of offending? Earlier this year, the then Justice Secretary and I asked the Crown Prosecution Service to review a sample of case files to ascertain the frequency of...

Attorney General: Rape and Sexual Offences: Prosecutions (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: I am grateful to the hon. Lady, and the answer to her last question is certainly yes—that is what we are doing. She is right: there are a number of factors that might deter those who should come forward to report crimes of this nature from doing so, and of course deter them from pursuing those cases throughout trial. We must not only do what we can to ensure that conviction rates are...

Attorney General: Rape and Sexual Offences: Prosecutions (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: I agree with my hon. Friend. That is important for two reasons. First, as I have indicated, for those people it means that their part in the case can be over before the rest of the trial takes place, meaning that they are not subject to any delays from which the case may suffer. Secondly, they are of course giving evidence outside the courtroom, without having to confront the defendant in the...

Attorney General: Rape and Sexual Offences: Prosecutions (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: As the hon. Lady may anticipate, I obviously do not discuss the advice that I have given within government. However, she can take it for granted that in relation to Northern Ireland, as in relation to all other parts of the United Kingdom, we take these offences extremely seriously, and we wish them to be prosecuted effectively.

Attorney General: Rape and Sexual Offences: Prosecutions (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: With permission, Mr Speaker, I will answer this question along with Questions 8 and 9.

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Human Rights (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: The United Kingdom has a long tradition of ensuring that rights and liberties are protected domestically, and of fulfilling its international human rights obligations. The decision to leave the European Union does not change this.

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Human Rights (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: No. The reason is that the charter of fundamental rights, as the Labour Government indicated at the time, does not create any new rights. It incorporates rights that are already part of European Union law, and the Government’s intention is to translate those substantive rights into domestic law by the operation of the withdrawal Act. We do not intend to incorporate the charter of...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Human Rights (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: Yes, we are confident that we are compliant with our ECHR obligations. The hon. Gentleman enables me to point out that, as he knows, our ECHR obligations will remain after we have left the European Union.

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Human Rights (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: I agree with my hon. Friend. I find it surprising that Members of this House have so little faith in their own institution. This House is perfectly capable of protecting the rights of the citizens of this country, and routinely does so. We do not need the assistance of the European Union to do it, and after we no longer have the assistance of the European Union, I am confident that this...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Human Rights (16 Nov 2017)

Jeremy Wright: The rest of the world is rightly jealous of this country’s ability to protect human rights through a robust system of the rule of law, a fiercely independent judiciary, and an effective legal profession.


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