Results 6101–6120 of 6247 for speaker:Anna Soubry

Adoption (Leave, Pay and Allowance Arrangements): Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (29 Jun 2011)

Anna Soubry: Someone who breaches bail commits a criminal offence and can therefore, and usually does, receive a custodial sentence, especially if they did not attend court when they should have.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (27 Jun 2011)

Anna Soubry: What steps is the Home Secretary taking in these difficult times to support the work of women’s refuges, such as the one in my constituency, in their important work?

Dangerous Driving Offences (Sentences) (22 Jun 2011)

Anna Soubry: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate and on his efforts to reform the law. He clearly has considerable support from all parties, and we wish him absolute success. The two-year sentence means that judges cannot reflect the serious consequences that often flow from someone who has committed the offence of dangerous driving, notably if causing injury. For what it is worth, I...

Written Answers — Home Department: Harassment (22 Jun 2011)

Anna Soubry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were charged under Section (a) 2, (b) 3, (c) 4 and (d) 5 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 reached trial in each of the last 10 years; and in how many cases the person was found guilty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Sentencing Reform/Legal Aid (21 Jun 2011)

Anna Soubry: Does the Lord Chancellor agree that it was the last Labour Government who, having introduced IPPs, then changed the law for no other reason than to reduce the prison population? As for the thoroughly good idea that we now scrap IPPs, would we not thereby ensure that the public—the victims and, indeed, the offenders—were better protected and had greater justice?

Leader of the House: Academies (Funding) (16 Jun 2011)

Anna Soubry: I visited Foxwood special school in my constituency on Friday and learned how keen it is to obtain academy status. Will the Minister help Foxwood and other special schools by encouraging them to apply for that status, and will he particularly assist Foxwood school?

Written Answers — Defence: Malaysia: Military Decorations (16 Jun 2011)

Anna Soubry: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the decision of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals in respect of the wearing of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal by British citizens; and if he will make a statement.

Motoring Fuel Costs (14 Jun 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am meeting hauliers next week and I speak on behalf of many people. Does the Minister have a message of hope for all motorists and hauliers in particular?

Justice (24 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am exceptionally grateful to you for calling me, Madam Deputy Speaker, because I have perhaps rather better news—it is at least different news—than we heard in the previous speech. I would like to talk briefly about the outstanding work of magistrates and the invaluable role that they play in the criminal justice system. Magistrates were created some 650 years ago—we are...

Justice (24 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his remarks. I am sure that everyone in this place would join me in congratulating him and his wife, who is sitting up in the Gallery, on celebrating their 25th—their silver—wedding anniversary. Moving swiftly on to the important point that my hon. Friend makes, our magistrates are indeed volunteers. They receive a small subsistence allowance. I...

Justice (24 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Lay magistrates normally sit in threes, as opposed to the stipendiary district judges who sit alone. Despite that fact, lay magistrates are considerably cheaper than stipendiary judges. I am not suggesting that they do a lesser job, however. Both are integral to our criminal justice system. Another great challenge that our magistrates face is the cutting of...

Justice (24 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: I take my hon. Friend’s point, and I am grateful for it. I would counter it, however, by saying that those of us who are familiar with the Crown courts will know that defendants and witnesses who appear in them make the effort and appear there without too much difficulty. I struggle to see how there will be much difference when a defendant or witness has to travel to a magistrates court...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: CPS Advocate Panels (24 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: Does the Attorney-General agree that there is widespread concern among the criminal Bar about the new procedure, notably the fact that someone who is unsuccessful in applying for one grade is not allowed to apply for another? There seems to be no parity with CPS in-house advocates.

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Sentencing (23 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Sentencing (23 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: I have been a Member of Parliament for a year, but I do not think that I have ever smelt such rank political hypocrisy as that which is emanating from the Opposition Benches. I practised as a criminal barrister for 16 years, just a little longer than the tenure of the last Government. During those 16 years, and particularly during my 13 years at the criminal Bar, I saw almost daily the harsh...

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Sentencing (23 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am happy to answer the hon. Gentleman’s questions. The reply to the first is yes. Being a lawyer himself, he will know two things. First, there is a good argument that in lengthy, tedious, multi-handed fraud cases, allowing a judge to give a 50% discount will do what everyone wants and crack heads together, and that it will work. Secondly, it is dishonest of Labour Members to...

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Sentencing (23 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: I was not referring to the hon. Lady, whom I congratulate on the work that she did in enabling not just women but children to come forward and give evidence, and indeed improving sentencing. On the issue of men, she gave the statistic of 1%. I am always a bit cynical about statistics. [Hon. Members: “It was 10%.”] Forgive me: it was 10%. I strongly suspect that, because of the...

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Sentencing (23 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: I hope my hon. Friend will forgive me for saying that one of the difficulties that arise in our discussions on sentencing is when we speak about issues with a lack of information and understanding. First, let me say that victims are not all the same. They come in different shapes and sizes, and with different experiences. Sometimes—although very rarely—victims want to give...

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Sentencing (23 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Sentencing (23 May 2011)

Anna Soubry: Is the right hon. Gentleman honestly telling the House that under the tenure of the last Government there was not a serious and profound problem of overcrowding in our prisons?


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