Results 1–20 of 3639 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nick Hurd

Voter Registration (No. 2) Bill: Passports: Parental Identification (1 Dec 2017)

Nick Hurd: I genuinely congratulate the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq) on securing this debate and, as she made clear, on giving voice to the many people who feel aggrieved about the issue—that is not in doubt. She is entirely right that the bureaucratic systems that we set up have to keep up with the times. Her experience at the airport sounds horrendous, and I would feel...

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I thank the right hon. Lady for her question and apologise on behalf of the Home Secretary that it is me responding to her. I should also like to take this opportunity to place on record my congratulations to Prince Harry and his fiancée. In January, Randox Testing Services informed Greater Manchester police that there may have been a manipulation of test results at its laboratories....

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I start by agreeing wholeheartedly with the right hon. Lady that this is an extremely serious matter. Members on both sides of the House will completely understand why it could be unsettling for any potential victims—there is no doubt about that at all. At its heart, this matter is about public confidence in our justice system—it is as serious as that. Where I do disagree with the...

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: My hon. Friend is entirely right that what is alleged goes back over many years—[Interruption.] Some of the issues at the other organisation may go back as far as 2010. My central point is that any attempt to try to link this to the FSS issue is driven by tribal politics, rather than clear assessments of the underlying reality.

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I clarify that, although there are possible employee links, Trimega and Randox are separate organisations. Trimega was doing something different and was subject to a different regulatory regime—for better or worse, the regulatory regime in relation to the family courts has always been lighter. However, I completely agree with the hon. Lady about the seriousness of the allegations and...

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I do believe that to be true, and my understanding is that in some of these family cases more than one test will be taken. However, that does not take away from the uncertainty that people involved in these cases may feel, which is why my colleagues in the Ministry of Justice have set up a bespoke process that people can access quickly under which they can request that their case is reviewed.

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: How nice to have been a Minister before the age of austerity. The answer to the right hon. Gentleman’s question is that he is jumping the gun in terms of the police investigation. We should let Greater Manchester police do its work.

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. Again, I am satisfied, having reviewed our process, as I do regularly, that the system and the gold command, which was set up very quickly, have done a good enough job of prioritising cases and getting retesting going as quickly as possible. As I said, the last numbers I saw suggested that 70% of the priority cases were in the system for retesting.

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: As I understand it, the police have suspended all contracts with Randox. Randox is co-operating with us fully on identifying the priority cases and getting the retesting done as quickly as possible. On the right hon. Gentleman’s question about future costs, I refer back to what I said before: we need better evidence about the impact on cases.

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I refer the hon. Lady to what I said before and to the view of the independent regulator, who arguably knows more about this than anyone in the House. She has expressed the view that “no reasonable set of quality standards could guarantee to prevent determined malpractice by skilled but corrupt personnel”, which it looks increasingly clear is what has happened. That is what the...

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: As I said clearly at the outset, I do think that the situation is extremely serious, but I agree with the hon. Gentleman’s diagnosis that it may be a rare one. Again, I repeat the view that the regulator has reached about the efficacy of any standards of regulation to prevent “determined malpractice by skilled but corrupt personnel”. Again, I place on record the progress...

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: As I have made clear, this is an enormously important issue. We need to get hard evidence of what happened and its impact on the system, and all lessons will have to be learned from that process. I know that the Opposition do not like it, but the point I am trying to make is that the urgent question was about what happened at Randox, not about the privatisation of the Forensic Science...

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: In the 2016 forensic science strategy, we committed to place the Forensic Science Regulator on a statutory footing by the end of this Parliament. We are seeking the appropriate parliamentary opportunity to do that.

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I agree that retesting is the priority and that that needs to be done as quickly as possible—that is a Government priority—but I do not think that revisiting the decision on the Forensic Science Service is a priority. As I have said, that decision was taken in 2011. We have seen increased stringency in the standards and quality requirements. We should not be revisiting those old...

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I do not need to think again. I have said we are going to do that and that we are trying to find the right parliamentary opportunity to do so.

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: My hon. Friend the Minister for Children and Families, who is sitting next to me, has written to all local authorities to ask them to review the cases in which the organisations in question may have been involved. As I understand it, he should be receiving all the evidence by the end of this week and we will take it from there.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Service: Remuneration (20 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: It is the responsibility of the national joint council to consider what pay award is appropriate for firefighters in England; central Government have no role in this process. The 2017-18 firefighter pay negotiations are still under way.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Service: Remuneration (20 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: With respect, there is a reason why we have fewer firefighters in this country: at the last count, we had had 48% fewer fires over the past 10 years. The hon. Gentleman talks about a cash-strapped service, but he will be aware that single fire authorities such as the one in his area have had multi-year settlements and are part of a system that is sitting on £616 million of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Service: Remuneration (20 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I thank my hon. Friend for again giving me the chance to congratulate the Essex leadership, and particularly Roger Hirst, for seizing the opportunity that this Government provided to bring together the governance of fire and police. We did that not only in the name of better accountability and transparency, but to provide the opportunity to continue to pursue savings and efficiencies on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Service: Remuneration (20 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: I completely share the hon. Lady’s desire to see firefighters get a fair pay settlement. I defer to no one in my admiration for them, not least because I have met a number of the firefighters who did such heroic work at Grenfell Tower. The fact is that the Government will always listen to the evidence. With respect to making a case for fresh Government funding, the challenge for the...


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