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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Oakhill Secure Training Centre (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: The findings of a recent Ofsted inspection report on Oakhill secure training centre are completely unacceptable. We took urgent action to address Ofsted’s concerns. The Ministry of Justice’s monitoring team has been carrying out further scrutiny to investigate Ofsted’s findings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Oakhill Secure Training Centre (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: My hon. Friend is spot on. These vulnerable children require the very best care, particularly for their mental health. In negotiations with the main contractor, I rule out absolutely nothing if the contract obligations are not being met.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Oakhill Secure Training Centre (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: The right hon. Gentleman, as a previous Minister responsible for the institution, will acknowledge that the contract is subject to a series of obligations. It was signed in 2004 and lasts for 25 years. I am fully aware of the need to improve standards at Oakhill. I rule absolutely nothing out, and I have already met senior people at G4S to point that out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Oakhill Secure Training Centre (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: The children being held at Oakhill can sometimes be extremely challenging, and the staff have to be able to control them to protect not only themselves, but other children and staff. With reference to Sodexo and the report into Peterborough Prison, the situation is not acceptable. We have already engaged with Sodexo, particularly around strip searching, and I expect and have demanded improvements.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims of Crime (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: The Government want victims to get the support they need to cope with, and as far as possible recover from, the effects of crime. We are spending £96 million in 2017-18 to fund critical support services for victims of crime. That includes £7.2 million for nationally commissioned rape support services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims of Crime (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: The case of Worboys has troubled us all; it has troubled me personally—of course it has. In this particular case, Dame Glenys Stacey is investigating the review from a probation point of view. As the Secretary of State has already said, there are operational responsibilities with regard to where he is transferred to and the directions when he is released and where he can go. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims of Crime (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: As I am sure my hon. Friend is aware, the Government committed in their manifesto to consider the extension of the scope of the unduly lenient sentence scheme. My right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney General is reviewing that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims of Crime (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: After Easter my victims strategy will be published, as promised, and within it there will be recommendations on legislative and non-legislative measures, part of which will be the legislative underpinning of the victims code.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: It sounds like an appalling case. I ask the hon. Lady to write to me about it and I am happy to meet her.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. I am aware of the situation, having met representatives of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Muslim burial representatives in October 2016. Coroners are independent of the Government, but I do recognise that there are some sensitivities around this issue and that there have been some difficulties in communication between the coroner and certain...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: Healthcare in prisons was a priority for me when I took over in July 2016: it was the first thing I started to ask about. The Ministry of Justice now has a much closer relationship with the Department of Health with regard to the provision of healthcare. We have made advances in the transfer of patients’ information—when prisoners come in, their patient data follow...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: The hon. Lady is right that such events are tragic. We are working extremely hard on training staff to recognise the particular needs of transgender offenders. The challenge for the system is that they are a relatively small number of people spread across a number of prisons. We are making some progress, but there is more to do.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: I am very happy to. Will the hon. Gentleman please send me the information?

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. Although I am the most experienced Justice Minister standing, it is going to be a bit of a challenge for me to answer all the questions in nine minutes, but I will do my very best. I congratulate the hon. Member for St Helens South and Whiston (Ms Rimmer) on securing this debate on such an important issue. I also thank hon. and...

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: No, I am not. I am the last man standing.

Shoreham Air Show Crash: Access to Justice — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. I begin by paying tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) for his tireless and tenacious efforts and for securing this debate. I am grateful for the opportunity to respond on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. The Shoreham air disaster was an appalling tragedy. My heart goes out to all...

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Phillip Lee: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I congratulate the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) on securing this important debate, which addresses an area of concern in relation to the parental rights of prisoners.

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Phillip Lee: If the hon. Lady will allow me, I will develop my argument with regards to the current powers of courts in such cases. As I was saying, the hon. Member for Swansea East is fast developing a strong reputation for campaigning on sensitive, difficult and often family-related issues. I commend her for her work in lots of different areas. I am here on behalf of the Minister of State for Justice,...

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Phillip Lee: That certainly warrants consideration, so I will take it away and pass it on to my ministerial colleague. Legislation to remove parental responsibility upon conviction of specified offences would need to be carefully considered, given the potential impact on a wide range of children in different family circumstances. There would be many points of detail to work through, some of them...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoner Rehabilitation: Sporting Activities (5 Dec 2017)

Phillip Lee: There is strong evidence that physical education and sport improve the wellbeing and motivation of those in custody and ex-offenders in the community. Both improve their prospects of successful resettlement.


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