Results 1–20 of 538 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Phillip Lee

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Cyber-crime (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: The Government are investing £1.9 billion to transform our ability to respond to the cyber-threats we face. This includes continuing to develop our support to victims of cyber-crime. I am committed to making sure that victims get the support they need to cope with and, as far as possible, recover from the effects of crime. The National Cyber Security Centre is part of GCHQ, which the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Cyber-crime (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: As I made clear in my initial response, cyber-security policy does not sit with this Department—in fact, it sits with the Cabinet Office. Victim support funding has gone up from £51 million in 2010-11, and I was pleased to announce that it is going up to £96 million in 2017-18. Most of that is spent via PCCs. Importantly, I have put in place an audit of the performance of PCCs...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Cyber-crime (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: Unfortunately, I am not a Minister at the Home Office, so I cannot really respond in detail to that question. I would encourage the hon. Gentleman to write to the relevant Minister.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Cyber-crime (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: I thank my right hon. Friend for his question. We committed to the victim’s Bill in the last manifesto. We are up against it in terms of parliamentary time, as I am sure he understands, but work continues on the legislation most likely to underpin the victims’ code.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Cyber-crime (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: I hate to repeat myself, but the two policy areas to which the right hon. Gentleman refers do not sit within the Ministry of Justice. Cyber-security sits with the Cabinet Office and our membership of Europol sits with the Home Office.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Victims and Witnesses (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: We are testing pre-trial cross-examination for child and vulnerable victims and witnesses in the Crown court, and testing this provision for certain eligible intimidated victims in three Crown court centres this autumn. We have installed remote links in each region and recently completed work on model waiting rooms. We recognise that there are concerns about the operation of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Victims and Witnesses (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: We want to use technology to assist all witnesses, not just those who are vulnerable and intimidated. That is why we are exploring ways of making best use of technology, such as video links, to allow witnesses to avoid the stress and/or inconvenience of having to be physically present in the courtroom. We also plan to develop an online tool, which will allow witnesses to access information...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Victims and Witnesses (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: As I am sure my hon. Friend is aware, the Government are investing more than £1 billion to transform and modernise our court systems to make sure they put the needs of victims first. Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service recently established model victim and witness waiting rooms at Nottingham justice centre, Manchester magistrates court, Newcastle Crown court, Liverpool Crown...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Victims and Witnesses (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: There are areas where PCCs are doing very good work and there are areas where the work is perhaps not as successful. I have announced annual awards only because I want to get to grips with the evidence of what works, so that the money can follow that and we can deliver better services for victims.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Victims and Witnesses (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: We are consulting a variety of different agencies and the Victims’ Commissioner on the work to which the hon. Lady alludes. We are in the process of testing pre-recorded cross-examination at a number of centres across the country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Victims and Witnesses (5 Sep 2017)

Phillip Lee: All criminal justice agencies are committed to keeping victims and witnesses informed about their cases. The outcomes of cases involving vulnerable victims and witnesses are available in court systems within 24 hours. Professionals who are involved in a case and are present on the day will know the outcome immediately. If my hon. Friend is aware of details of any other cases in which that may...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Phillip Lee: Independent scrutiny is an essential part of our prison system, and I thank the chief inspector of prisons and his team for the work they do in delivering this, including through his annual report. His report raises important issues in relation to safety and security in prisons and youth custody. We have been clear that a calm and ordered environment needs to be created to ensure effective...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Phillip Lee: We fully recognise that there are difficulties in the prison system—we have been honest about that ever since I have been in the Department—and yes, the staffing issue has been indicated as a problem. It has been addressed in the last year and, as I have said, we have appointed more than 500 to March and we are on course to fulfil our target of 2,500 extra prison officers by the...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Phillip Lee: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his reappointment as Chair of the Justice Committee. We are committed to transparency on this. We recognise that there is a series of challenges and problems within the system, and I would be more than happy to come before his Committee to discuss this further. In regard to legislation, we have not ruled out future legislation on prisons, but I would argue...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Phillip Lee: I do not accept that the Department has lost control of the prison system. That is nonsense. We have a full grip on the issues that we need to face. I would like to talk about the £1.3 billion that we have invested to transform the estate. By transforming it, we are going to improve the quality of the accommodation for prisoners, which will have a direct impact on the problems that we...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Phillip Lee: Yes, I am more than happy to consider rolling out that programme. There are positive schemes, and not only with regard to the diagnosis, treatment and management of autism; various sports clubs, rugby clubs and football clubs are also involved, such as Saracens at Feltham. The work they are doing and the evidence of its outcomes are all positive. That is why I am passionate about this: if we...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Phillip Lee: Yes, intellectually I agree with the hon. and learned Lady that it would make life a lot easier if we could reduce the prison population, and I know that the Secretary of State agrees with that position. The difficulty is the constant balance with the justice issue: if people have committed crimes, they have to serve the time. The question is where they serve that time. I am responsible for...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Phillip Lee: Yes, I am.

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Phillip Lee: We can deliver our reform package without any further legislation. We will not rule out further legislation if there is a requirement for it in future, but the right hon. Gentleman will recognise that there are pressures on parliamentary time and this is something we are having to accommodate. Nevertheless, there is absolutely no reason why we cannot continue with the reform programme we have...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Phillip Lee: Yes. That is another example of how, throughout the system, positive schemes are being followed. People who work in a variety of areas, particularly mental health, are delivering care to the prisoners who need it, so that they can rehabilitate properly before they return to society.


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