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Written Answers — Attorney General: Travellers: Discrimination (19 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: There was one prosecution under s175 (1)(a) and 2 of the Equalities Act in 2011/12. This creates offences in relation to access to public service vehicles. In accordance with CPS Retention Policy a case involving an offence under section 175 of the Equalities Act 2010 would be archived one year following sentencing. Therefore, no further information is held about the case in question. Section...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Unexplained Wealth Orders (19 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has adequate resources to undertake work relating to unexplained wealth orders. The Home Office will provide funding to the value of £70,500 in 2017-18 in order to support CPS POC and the ROCU/RART network to develop the knowledge and skills required in order to investigate cases appropriately and to conduct High Court civil litigation.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Slavery: Children (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of offences in which a prosecution commenced, including offences charged by way of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 on its Case Management Information System. These data may be further disaggregated by the child abuse case monitoring flag. The CPS definition of child abuse covers any case where the victim was under 18...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Forensic Science (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of cases that have collapsed before going to trial due to the failure of private forensic firms to follow the correct procedures. The CPS continues to work with the Home Office, police and the office of the Forensic Science Regulator to assess the impact of issues relating to Randox Testing Services, on...

Attorney General: Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: FGM is a crime. It is abuse against children and women. The CPS has introduced a series of measures to improve the handling of such cases, including appointing a lead FGM prosecutor in each area and delivering training to police and prosecutors across the country.

Attorney General: Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: My right hon. Friend is correct to raise some of the obstacles that prosecutors have faced over the years, and barriers have caused real issues in the investigation of such cases. I am glad to say that a case is currently before the courts—I will not comment on it—but it is also important to remember that protection and prevention is vital, and our FGM protection orders are being...

Attorney General: Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: The hon. Lady is right to press me on this issue. With the appointment of lead FGM prosecutors in each CPS area and agreed protocols with local police forces, I am glad to say that there should be a greater and deeper understanding among officers, police officers in particular, of the tell-tale signs of female genital mutilation and of what to do about them. Getting early investigative...

Attorney General: Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: The hon. Gentleman will know that I was directly involved in the prosecuting and defending of serious criminal cases for over 20 years, and I am well familiar with the long-standing challenge of disclosure. Prior to recent revelations, I am glad to say that the Attorney General and I instituted a thoroughgoing review not only of our guidelines, but of the entire culture. The police and...

Attorney General: Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: I remind the hon. Gentleman that one of the main issues in this area has not been that these items have not been obtained but the timeliness in which they are eventually disclosed. That is the issue, and bearing down on that factor will encourage and increase both police awareness and the priority that the police need to place on making sure that all this material is gathered at the earliest...

Attorney General: Drug Trafficking Gangs: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: These types of crime are often committed over county lines and involve the exploitation of vulnerable people by violent members of drugs networks and gangs to move and sell drugs across the country. The CPS has recently developed and published guidance that sets out its approach to such crimes.

Attorney General: Drug Trafficking Gangs: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: In the new guidance, the CPS has emphasised the importance of safeguarding vulnerable people. Of course, we have organisations such as the UK Human Trafficking Centre, which is a central point of contact for all agencies that work with victims of sex trafficking—for example when a victim is co-operating with an investigation to ensure that if they are of a foreign nationality their...

Attorney General: Drug Trafficking Gangs: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: My hon. Friend will be aware that the Modern Slavery Act 2015 contains provisions to protect people who are compelled into acts of criminality. Choices must be made at an early stage by police and prosecutors whether to treat them as defendants or, where appropriate, encourage them to co-operate. Many of these people are, frankly, victims.

Attorney General: Drug Trafficking Gangs: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: The hon. Gentleman graphically illustrates that this fact of life is in every town and city across our country. The idea that slavery ended many centuries ago is a fallacy and, once we face up to that—I think the police and Crown Prosecution Service are facing up to it—we are halfway towards dealing with this scourge. More needs to be done.

Attorney General: Crimes against Older People: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: Although many older people are not and do not consider themselves to be vulnerable, they can often be perceived as an easy target for criminals. To address this, the CPS has committed to refreshing its legal guidance and public statement on crimes against older people within the next year.

Attorney General: Crimes against Older People: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise this issue and I commend financial institutions such as Nationwide that have already created much more secure specialist phone lines for elderly people and, in particular, for carers for those who are unwell, to conduct their transactions. That is an excellent example of how the financial services sector can drive and design out this type of fraud.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Procurement (1 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: The Government Legal Department (GLD) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) hold six contracts each with Government strategic suppliers. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) holds three contracts with Government strategic suppliers. HMCPSI holds two contracts with Government strategic suppliers; and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) holds one contract.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Crown Prosecution Service: Public Appointments (1 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: The role of the Director of Public Prosecutions is appointed by the Attorney General. When making the appointment a range of qualifications may be deemed suitable. A minimum of 10 years call or post qualified experience as either a barrister or solicitor is a statutory minimum requirement and the post holder is likely to have had significant criminal litigation practice.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Fireworks: Prosecutions (1 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: Regulation 7 of the Fireworks Regulations 2004 prohibits the use of certain fireworks at night other than on a permitted fireworks night or by a person employed by a local authority putting on a fireworks display, national public celebration or a national commemorative event. The Regulation defines ‘night hours’ as 11pm – 7am. All such offences are initially prosecuted by...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Beverage Containers (31 Jan 2018)

Robert Buckland: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not keep records of the use or recycling of hot drinks cups. However, during 2016/17, the CPS recycled or reused 94% of its total waste. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) provides recyclable paper cups for the use of visitors and interviewees only. Approximately 2,000 of these are purchased each year. Staff are encouraged to recycle all paper waste, but...

Written Ministerial Statements — Attorney General: Serious Fraud Office (Contingencies Fund Advance) (31 Jan 2018)

Robert Buckland: I would like to inform the House that a cash advance from the Contingencies Fund has been sought for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). In line with the current arrangement for SFO funding agreed with HM Treasury, the SFO will be submitting a Reserve claim as part of the Supplementary Estimate process for 2017-18. The advance is required to meet a current cash requirement on existing services...


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