Results 1–20 of 617 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Karl Turner

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Karl Turner: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. In an earlier intervention on my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms), I forgot to mention an indirect interest: my wife sits as a tribunal judge. I apologise to you, Mr Speaker, and the House.

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Karl Turner: My right hon. Friend clearly knows something about the new regulations, and I do, too. The reality is that those with psychological illness cannot now qualify for enhanced mobility payments because activity 11e attracts only a maximum of 10 points. Twelve points are needed to allow mobility payments, so this is clearly a cut and the Government should just fess up.

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Karl Turner: As one of three Members who represent the current city of culture, I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate and wish her and her city very well. There is something to say about legacy. In our few short months as the city of culture, we have already seen that things are changing; there is a spring in the air, people are happy and money is being spent. Investment is coming into the...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

Karl Turner: Give way!

Business of the House (9 Mar 2017)

Karl Turner: Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting the school council of Ings Primary School in my constituency. Young Charlie White, 10 years of age, raised the issue of the WASPI women after seeing them protesting outside the Palace. He asked me why the Chancellor had completely ignored them in his Budget and asked me to raise that at the earliest opportunity. On behalf of Charlie White, can we...

UK Maritime Industry (12 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: Will the Minister commit to meeting a group of cross-party MPs, along with the RMT representatives, very soon to see what progress he has made following this debate?

UK Maritime Industry (12 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: I think the right hon. Gentleman is right about the officers being trained under the scheme—15, I think—but only one rating is required to be trained under the deal, and that does not happen either.

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: I am grateful to the Solicitor General for what he has said, but I am disappointed that he has not been prepared to admit that everything is not entirely rosy in the garden at the CPS. He describes a scenario in which senior people in the CPS in his own area, who indeed instructed him—

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: It is all very good when it works, but people are reporting to me that, sadly, it does not work and often goes wrong—very badly wrong. Cases are vacated as a result of the very thing the Solicitor General mentions.

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: Of self-represented clients—litigants in person.

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: I am surprised to hear that the hon. Gentleman did not intend to speak. I received an email that said he intended to do so.

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: I did not say it is.

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: Does the hon. Gentleman think that those “systematic failings”, as he puts it, are getting better because the CPS is experiencing a £185 million a year cut to its funds?

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: I beg to move, That this House has considered the funding of the Crown Prosecution Service. It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. Before I begin, I must declare my interests. I am a member of Wilberforce barristers’ chambers in Hull, but am not currently practising. My wife is a criminal duty solicitor with Williamsons Solicitors in Hull, and she is also a...

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: I will read out a whole load of stats and talk about what is happening in the profession in the real world—about what lawyers and solicitors from the defence, and barristers who prosecute and defend, are saying is really happening. The hon. Gentleman wants to pretend that everything in the garden is rosy. Good luck to him, but I have to disagree. I know what is happening, not least...

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: The hon. Gentleman is of course right, but I was less than two minutes into my remarks when the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk) intervened. If I am allowed to, I will come on to clarify the points being made by the Government Back Benchers.

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I will make that point myself. Excluding guilty pleas, conviction rates in magistrates courts and Crown courts are significantly down, despite the headline figure of an 80% conviction rate. I think the conviction rate in magistrates courts is about 50%, and in Crown courts it is about 25%, excluding guilty pleas. Since 2010, CPS staff numbers have fallen by...

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: That is a fair point, but nevertheless £21.5 million is a staggering amount of money to be spent by the CPS on preparing cases for trial only for them not to come to anything. It is easy to mention such figures, but we must have some thought and regard for the victims in the cases, who will be anxious for the case to make progress and to have their opportunity to give evidence for the...

Crown Prosecution Service: Funding (11 Jan 2017)

Karl Turner: I will be as quick as I possibly can be, but it is crucial that I mention what the junior members are saying. This person says: “I often work in the magistrates court, where matters are unfortunately often in chaos so far as prosecutions are concerned. The CPS are dealing with hundreds of cases, often of a domestic violence nature and many of which are doomed from the start because...


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