Results 1–20 of 2636 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: Bribery Act 2010 (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: In the Bribery Act 2010 the UK introduced world-leading legislation on bribery, making it a criminal offence for a company to fail to prevent a bribe being paid. We are starting to see the effectiveness of the offence in holding large companies to account, through the first conviction of a corporate entity and three deferred prosecution agreements.

Attorney General: Bribery Act 2010 (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I agree with my hon. Friend. It is the poorest who suffer most when corruption occurs around the world, and it is important that the UK plays a leadership role, not least by setting an example, and we have done that through the Bribery Act and what has flowed from it. I also pay tribute to my hon. Friend. In his role as a distinguished Foreign Officer Minister, he was also able to do some of...

Attorney General: Bribery Act 2010 (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: The hon. Gentleman is right that clarity is important. The Bribery Act and the prosecutions that flow from it are not all that matters here. We need to change corporate culture, and that is happening. It is important that corporations understand their responsibilities, and he is right that if they are to do that, they need to be clear about what they can and cannot do. We will always seek to...

Attorney General: Bribery Act 2010 (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: Yes, I believe we do. For some of the most substantial cases under the Bribery Act, it is the Serious Fraud Office that prosecutes and investigates, and it has a good deal of expertise. In relation to both convictions and deferred prosecution agreements, my hon. Friend will recognise, as I have said already, that we are presenting good cases and securing convictions.

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: European Arrest Warrant (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: The European arrest warrant offers a more effective means than non-EU alternatives of surrendering individuals wanted by other EU member states and of ensuring that those who have fled the UK are returned to face justice. Agreeing continued extradition arrangements will therefore be an important part of negotiations with our European partners and is of mutual interest to both the UK and EU...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: European Arrest Warrant (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I certainly agree that the European arrest warrant is the most efficient means we have available both to bring people back to the UK and to send foreign criminals home to face justice. It is our objective to be part of those arrangements in the future. Precisely how we do that will depend on negotiations that, as the hon. Gentleman knows, are ongoing.

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: European Arrest Warrant (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I certainly agree with the last part of the hon. Gentleman’s question, but I do not accept that there is necessarily a contradiction between restricting and excluding the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in this country and being able to have good and productive arrangements for combating crime across the European continent. That is what we seek to do, and we...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: European Arrest Warrant (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I agree with my hon. Friend, and he might like to know that, as far as the statistics go, since 2010, under the European arrest warrant, 1,079 people have been surrendered back to the United Kingdom but 8,826 people have been surrendered from the UK to the rest of the European Union. This is an advantageous arrangement for both sides.

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: European Arrest Warrant (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I agree with my hon. Friend, and it is important that we negotiate a settlement that will enable us to carry on sending people back and, just as importantly, to carry on bringing people back from other European nations to face justice here. As I have said, I am optimistic that we can do that.

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: European Arrest Warrant (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: The hon. Gentleman will recognise that that case has not yet concluded, so I will say nothing about it specifically. His point is that we need to ensure that there is continuity of these arrangements beyond our departure from the European Union, which is exactly what we seek to negotiate. As I have said, this is not a pie-in-the-sky hope but something that will benefit both us and the rest of...

Attorney General: Prosecuting Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Global Co-operation (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: Later this month, the Crown Prosecution Service will host an international summit for senior prosecutors from 21 countries around the world. It is an ambitious summit that aims to identify better ways to support victims and witnesses and to establish a strong, active international network to tackle more actively the crime of modern slavery.

Attorney General: Prosecuting Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Global Co-operation (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I do agree and it is important that we work with partners around the world. The CPS has 30 prosecutors located in other countries and, of course, we agreed last year at the United Nations to double our spend overseas in combating modern slavery.

Attorney General: Prosecuting Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Global Co-operation (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: Yes, I do welcome that work. The right hon. Gentleman is right that there is a huge amount we can do in this institution to back up the fight against modern slavery and, of course, to focus on where the majority of those who are trafficked tend to come from. Of course, as he will recognise, it is not just those eight countries. Those who were identified as victims of modern slavery arriving...

Attorney General: Prosecuting Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Global Co-operation (8 Feb 2018)

Jeremy Wright: At the UN General Assembly last year, the UK Government agreed that we would spend £150 million overseas to combat modern slavery. As my hon. Friend will recognise, that is in addition to the substantial sums already committed in our domestic budgets to deal with the problem.

Attorney General: Prisoner Voting (21 Dec 2017)

Jeremy Wright: On behalf of the Law Officers may I take this early opportunity to wish all Members and staff of the House a very merry and, of course, lawful Christmas? I very much welcome the decision by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to support our proposals on prisoner voting. We hope to complete implementation of those proposals by the end of next year, and we have agreed to...

Attorney General: Prisoner Voting (21 Dec 2017)

Jeremy Wright: Yes, and it is important that the Government comply with the judgment of a Court whose jurisdiction we have accepted. As my hon. Friend says, however, it is equally important that we stick to the clear view of this House and those beyond it that convicted prisoners should not vote from their cells, and they will not do so.

Attorney General: Prisoner Voting (21 Dec 2017)

Jeremy Wright: The extension will apply to prisoners released on temporary licence. We think it will affect something like 100 prisoners—so, very few.

Attorney General: Jermaine Baker (21 Dec 2017)

Jeremy Wright: The Crown Prosecution Service is very conscious that the family of Jermaine Baker is waiting to hear the outcome of the review of the charging decision in relation to his death. Senior counsel has been instructed to advise on the case and the CPS anticipate that a final decision will be reached early in the new year.

Attorney General: Jermaine Baker (21 Dec 2017)

Jeremy Wright: I understand what the right hon. Gentleman says. May I take this opportunity to pay tribute to him for his advocacy on behalf of the family? He will understand, however, that the decision was taken initially at the highest levels of the Crown Prosecution Service. Because of that, and because of the victims’ right to review process, it is right that external counsel is brought in to...

Attorney General: Jermaine Baker (21 Dec 2017)

Jeremy Wright: Picking up on my hon. Friend’s last point first, he is right to highlight that all that went wrong in this case, and there was a great deal, highlighted what is good about the criminal justice system as well as what went wrong. We owe a debt of gratitude to those involved in the system, in whatever capacity, who exercise their judgment in such cases. That applies, of course, to this...


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