Results 61–80 of 440 for speaker:Mr Derek Spencer

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Magistrates Courts (29 Apr 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: It is done so that the CPS can conduct its business as efficiently and economically as possible. It is out of the question to expect the service to deal with every single case in every court, irrespective of the volume of work that has to be handled. I was in private practice until 1992, and I still appear in the courts so, like the hon. Gentleman, I have some experience.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Incitement to Racial Hatred (18 Mar 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: There have been 27 applications for consent to prosecute under part III of the Public Order Act 1986; 22 have been granted, four have been declined and one has been withdrawn.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Incitement to Racial Hatred (18 Mar 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: My hon. Friend is quite right. We take the activities of Hizb Ut Tahrir very seriously. The meeting of which he spoke will occur in the near future, as soon as everybody can be conveniently got together. The date is likely to be shortly after Easter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Benefit Fraud (18 Mar 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: The vast majority of benefit fraud cases are investigated by the Benefits Agency and prosecuted by the Department answerable to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Security, or are investigated and prosecuted by a local authority. Some of the more serious cases are, however, investigated by the police and prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Benefit Fraud (18 Mar 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: I appreciate my hon. Friend's point, but he ought to remember that the gravity of some of these cases is much more important that their total number. The cases that the Crown Prosecution Service deals with, although few in number, are very important and have a deterrent effect that outweighs their number. These are usually offences of theft or conspiracy to defraud, and the courts, without...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Prosecution of Juveniles (19 Feb 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: The prosecution of youth offenders is one of a number of issues that my right hon. and learned Friend and I discuss in our regular meetings with the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Prosecution of Juveniles (19 Feb 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: Yes. Two judges in the divisional court, in the case of C, held that the presumption was no longer part of our law. In the House of Lords, five judges held that it was. So far as I am aware, there has been no call for the two judges in the divisional court to resign. As a result of that decision in re C, the Government are looking very closely at the position to see whether any reform of the...

Prayers: Serious Fraud (16 Feb 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon, South (Mr. Marshall) on obtaining the debate, albeit not at the first time of asking. We had an assignation about 18 months ago in the middle of the night which we were not able to complete. I have listened to his points with interest, and he made them with his usual force and effectiveness. The debate gives me an opportunity to confirm...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Magistrates Courts (Paperwork) (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: In cases where pleas of guilty are anticipated, abbreviated files are being introduced which are expected to reduce paperwork by 5 million sheets annually.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Magistrates Courts (Paperwork) (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: My hon. Friend's latter suggestion is already the subject of discussion. The Crown Prosecution Service does not impose case format on the police unilaterally: it is the result of joint discussions between the Crown Prosecution Service, the police and the legal profession.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Magistrates Courts (Paperwork) (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: The Crown Prosecution Service conducts 1.4 million cases annually, so the hon. Gentleman will understand if I do not have the facts of that case at my fingertips at present. Naturally, I shall look into the matter if he asks me to.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Discontinuances (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: The rate of discontinuance has fallen from 13.4 per cent. of cases for the year ending September 1993 to 11.9 per cent. of cases for the year ending September 1995.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Discontinuances (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: Yes, I can confirm that. Although the matter is of concern, it is of less concern than before as the police and the Crown Prosecution Service are working together very closely at local level to ensure that the quality of files is as high as it can be. My hon. Friend will realise that some cases will always have to be discontinued. Some 30 per cent. of cases are presently discontinued...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Serious Fraud Office (Convictions) (4 Dec 1995)

Mr Derek Spencer: The principal offender named in the indictment was convicted in 89 per cent. of the cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office in the past 12 months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Serious Fraud Office (Convictions) (4 Dec 1995)

Mr Derek Spencer: The answer to my hon. Friend's second question is that that will happen only if people tell the truth about the SFO's record instead of spreading half truths and selective truths. The SFO has an extremely good record. Since it started its work, it has obtained convictions in 62 per cent. of all cases that by definition were serious and complex. In at least 75 per cent. of the trials in which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Serious Fraud Office (Convictions) (4 Dec 1995)

Mr Derek Spencer: I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman seems to be carrying a brief for Mr. Leeson. Most people would compliment the SFO's director in the attitude he took, which enabled Mr. Leeson to be brought to justice in the most appropriate jurisdiction. The investigation of the position of senior Barings executives continues. It is an operational matter for the SFO. It is not in the interests of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Serious Fraud Office (Actions) (4 Dec 1995)

Mr Derek Spencer: Since its inception, more than three quarters of the cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office have resulted in the conviction of at least one defendant, usually the principal offender. The conviction rate for all defendants over that period is 62 per cent. If that sounds very familiar, it is merely what I said a few minutes ago, and it bears repetition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Serious Fraud Office (Actions) (4 Dec 1995)

Mr Derek Spencer: The Director of the SFO has negotiated guidelines that govern the conduct of cases between himself and the regulators. If cases are of high-level public concern and display serious dishonesty on the part of individuals, they will be prosecuted, make no mistake about that. Regulatory action may be appropriate if the offences are technical or where urgent action is needed and it can best be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Serious Fraud Office (Actions) (4 Dec 1995)

Mr Derek Spencer: I believe that there is still much to be done to perfect our systems of trial, with new and improved information technology, which is currently being used in some cases, before we are driven to the stage of saying that such cases cannot be tried by jury and that they must be tried, as Roskill recommended, by some other tribunal. So far as the Levitt case is concerned, without dealing with any...

Orders of the Day — Barnsley Crown Prosecution Service (17 Nov 1995)

Mr Derek Spencer: I congratulate the hon. Member for Barnsley, Central (Mr. Illsley) on securing the debate, which raises an important matter for his constituents and for the public at large. It gives me the opportunity, which I intend to take, to explain in general terms how the Crown Prosecution Service approaches the decision to prosecute, after which I shall deal with some of the individual cases to which...


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