Results 1–20 of 2715 for speaker:Robert Buckland

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Living Wage (20 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: The Attorney General’s Office does not currently have any staff that are paid below the Real Living Wage or the London Living Wage.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Working Hours (20 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: The highest paid member of staff in the Attorney General’s Office is contracted to work 41 hours a week (including lunch breaks).

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Staff (20 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: As at 31st August 2018, the Attorney General’s Office had 40 staff on payroll, 3 on Secondment in & 1 Contractor (agency). The staff on payroll can be broken down as follows: Payroll staff Count Fixed Term - Fair & Open 2 Loan In 29 Permanent 8 Secondment Out 1 Total 40

Written Answers — Attorney General: Convictions (13 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: In England and Wales the CPS decides which cases should be prosecuted, and then prepares and presents them at court. Decisions are made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors which requires both an evidential and public interest test to be met before a prosecution can proceed. The CPS will advise the police and other investigators about possible lines of inquiry and evidential...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Brexit (10 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:£412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Brexit (10 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: At Autumn Budget 2017, the Chancellor also set aside £1.5 billion of additional funding for EU Exit preparations in 2019/20. Departments will be invited to bid for 2019/20 EU Exit preparation funding later in the year. Details of timings and process will be announced in due course.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Hate Crime: Disability (10 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: The CPS is committed to improving prosecutions of disability hate crime. It has delivered mandated training on disability hate crime for all prosecutors, introduced a network of Hate Crime Coordinators in CPS Areas and revised its disability hate crime legal guidance. The CPS is currently working with community partners to develop further training based upon the social model of disability,...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Offences against Children: Prosecutions (10 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: Child exploitation can take many forms and include sexual exploitation and wider criminal activity. Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a priority for the CPS. Specialist CPS lawyers, who have had bespoke training, continue to work closely with police investigators in order to build stronger cases, which can be both contact and online offending. Child Sexual Exploitation is often...

Attorney General: Knife Crime: Prosecution Rates (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: We are working closely with other Departments to urgently tackle this issue, which we recognise as a national priority. As a member of the inter-ministerial group on serious violence, we are playing a central role in the delivery of the serious violence strategy, which looks to address violent offending to improve knife crime prosecution rates.

Attorney General: Knife Crime: Prosecution Rates (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: I know that the hon. Lady has a keen local interest in the issue, which affects Croydon as much as other parts of our country. I do not think that there is a direct correlation. We have seen a rise in knife crime since early 2016, and it is right that we have approached the issue of possession in a more serious way. However, I take her points about causation on board. I recently visited the...

Attorney General: Knife Crime: Prosecution Rates (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: My hon. Friend may be aware that we are working on the new Offensive Weapons Bill, which is going through the House. That Bill includes a measure to make it an offence to deal with knives bought online being sent to residential addresses without appropriate safeguards.

Attorney General: Knife Crime: Prosecution Rates (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: Yes, the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to raise the excellent Glasgow example. I am making plans to visit Glasgow as soon as possible. Only last month I spoke to the Scottish Law Officers about their experience. I am deeply interested and want to learn more as quickly as possible.

Attorney General: Victims and Witnesses: Support (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: The CPS continues to work with criminal justice partners to ensure that the support offered to victims and witnesses is tailored to meet their needs. Prosecutors will meet victims and witnesses before they give evidence to explain what is likely to happen in court and consider whether special measures such as screens or TV links can be used to help them to give their evidence.

Attorney General: Victims and Witnesses: Support (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: I was concerned to hear that report, because I myself have used registered intermediaries as a prosecutor, and I know that they have been readily used in courts across the length and breadth of Gwent and south Wales. I note that there has been an increase in recruitment in the south-east of England. I will take on board the hon. Lady’s point and make further inquiries so that we can...

Attorney General: Victims and Witnesses: Support (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her question. She is absolutely right to identify the important funding that will support witnesses giving evidence. Without witnesses giving evidence, prosecutions will not succeed.

Attorney General: Victims and Witnesses: Support (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: The hon. Gentleman knows that that is and remains a key manifesto commitment for our Government. We want to introduce it via new domestic violence legislation. My colleagues in the Home Office are working on a draft Bill, and I very much hope that it will be introduced for parliamentary consideration as soon as possible this year.

Attorney General: Victims and Witnesses: Support (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: It is right to identify the sometimes difficult and delicate choices that have to be made by the police and prosecutors when it comes to dealing properly with the victims of this appalling crime, who have often had no voice at all. A range of available measures need to be used, and they are now becoming the norm in our courts. I think we can go even further, such as by looking at a...

Attorney General: Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: Last year, the unduly lenient sentence scheme involved the referral by the Attorney General and me of 173 cases to the Court of Appeal. Of those 173 cases, the Court of Appeal agreed that 144 were unduly lenient. The scheme remains an important avenue for victims, family members and the public to ensure that justice is delivered.

Attorney General: Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: We are giving urgent consideration to extending the scope of the scheme, and I have said on record that I strongly advocate the scheme’s extension to that type of offence. Online abuse of children is as insidious as abuse offline, and it can be achieved in a much quicker timeframe than has been the case. I want to make sure that the public have full confidence in the system, and that is...

Attorney General: Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: I reassure the hon. Gentleman that, happily, we are dealing with a small number of the about 80,000 cases prosecuted in the Crown court in England and Wales. Day in and day out, our judges are complying with the guidelines, where appropriate, and getting it right. This scheme is an important safety valve to ensure that we get maximum consistency and confidence, as well as guidance from the...


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