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Public Bill Committee: Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Clause 1 - Lord Chancellor’s functions (19 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: The hon. Gentleman is as generous as ever in giving way. As he knows, in criminal legal aid work criminal cases, with few exceptions, are funded by legal aid. A person does not choose to be prosecuted by the police. People find themselves in such a position and are then taken to court. That is different from civil litigation, as he knows. My point is that there has certainly not been a...

Public Bill Committee: Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Clause 1 - Lord Chancellor’s functions (19 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that my constituency does not have a law centre and my excellent CAB has no Legal Services Commission funding, yet there is no dispute that it provides an outstanding service to people throughout my constituency? As it happens, the CAB found funding through the transition fund, the lottery and other sources. Is he not making a mistake when he assumes that people...

Public Bill Committee: Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Clause 1 - Lord Chancellor’s functions (19 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: I make this point only for the record. It is unfair to talk about another member of the Committee in an intervention on someone else, which in a way denies us the opportunity to respond. I should make it clear that the CAB in my constituency does not receive any legal aid funding and therefore would be untouched by the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill: Clause 1 - Lord Chancellor’s functions (19 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, historically, going to law has always been expensive and that that would sometimes cause injustice, which is why legal aid was introduced, but that, equally, the cost meant that people paused before going to law and considered alternative ways to resolve a dispute? Over time, the proliferation of legal aid has caused people to rush to law, when it would...

Public Bill Committee: Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill (19 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: I was a member of the Criminal Bar Association until my election to this place, so I have been in receipt of payments through the legal aid system. However, I have never held a judicial appointment.

[Mr Roger Gale in the Chair] — Train-building Industry (12 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate in what has been a very difficult time for Derby and Derbyshire. Does he agree that the decision also has an impact on constituencies such as mine, which are as far from Derby as I think Amber Valley is? It has had a profound effect and caused a lot of anger among my constituents, as well as, no doubt, my hon. Friend’s.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Phone Hacking and the Media (11 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: No party cosied up to the Murdoch press as much as the Labour party, and the Press Complaints Commission has been an inadequate, toothless body for far too long. Does the Secretary of State think that there is some connection in the failure of the previous Government to sort out the PCC, and will this Government take on that task?

Business of the House (Today): Phone Hacking (6 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: Yesterday, I momentarily hesitated before rising to support the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), but only because I was unfamiliar with the procedure—I did know that he was doing the right thing. I, too, congratulate him, and not only on bringing this debate to this House. I congratulate him also because I believe that a consensus is forming across this House, and that is to be...

Business of the House (Today): Phone Hacking (6 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: I concur absolutely, and I am sure that that sentiment is echoed across the House. Such is my concern—I have been persuaded by much of what I have heard today—that I think there must now be a pause in the consideration of the matter that has been referred to and will be determined by Ofcom. I urge the Secretary of State to consider whether we should pause things, given what has...

Business of the House (Today): Phone Hacking (6 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: I cannot hear the hon. Gentleman’s sedentary intervention, which is probably a good thing. In all seriousness, it is right and fair to say that all of us know from our considerable experience that local papers act properly and responsibly. We all enjoy a perfectly proper relationship with them—a relationship that has not been enjoyed between other politicians and national...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Contempt of Court (5 Jul 2011)

Anna Soubry: Would the Solicitor-General confirm that judges always give strict directions to juries that they must not access any form of internet or other information sources when considering their deliberations in a criminal trial?

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

Anna Soubry: I would like to speak about the criminal justice system and our sentencing policy as reflected in the Bill. I declare my interest: I practised as a criminal barrister for some 16 years before being elected to the House. If there was ever a man without a plan, it was the right hon. Member for Tooting (Sadiq Khan). He and the right hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr Straw) and, indeed, many other...

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

Anna Soubry: I am afraid that I do not accept that figure. I do not think that things are as simple as that. For example, as the Lord Chancellor explained, the theft statistics have fallen because of the protection that is now afforded to motor vehicles. Antisocial behaviour is not a recordable offence. I know from my own experiences in Nottinghamshire that the police are almost bending over backwards not...

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

Anna Soubry: Will my hon. Friend please understand this? When someone is subject to an IPP, they have no knowledge about when they will be released. Does he know that they can be released only when they are deemed no longer to be a risk to society? A relatively small number of people have been released and we can assume that they were released only because they were no longer deemed a risk to society. The...

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?


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