Results 1–20 of 1682 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Robert Buckland

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...

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

Robert Buckland: We can see an increase in public interest—we have reached a figure of nearly 1,000 inquiries from members of the public and agencies this year. We are using social media and the mainstream media to publicise the scheme, talking about individual cases of note and making sure that as many people as possible, including victims and their families, know about their rights.

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

Robert Buckland: The hon. Lady rightly raises a case of great concern to her constituents, and we as constituency MPs will have had similar experiences. I cannot comment on the individual case, but it sounds to me as though it probably would not be within the scheme.

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

Robert Buckland: Indeed, the question the hon. Lady asks is about confidence, and we are playing our part as Law Officers to ensure that it increases. The fact that she has raised the case today will again help those responsible to understand the need for consistency when it comes to dealing with serious offences.

Attorney General: Modern Slavery: Prosecutions (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: The Director of Public Prosecutions and I are members of the Prime Minister’s taskforce on modern slavery, which aims to do more to bring perpetrators to justice and support victims both here and overseas. The Crown Prosecution Service has recently announced an increase in prosecutions for modern slavery, and I will meet the DPP further to discuss how that good work can continue.

Attorney General: Modern Slavery: Prosecutions (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: I know the hon. Lady takes a keen interest in this issue through her all-party group and in other work, and she hits the nail on the head when it comes to the difficult decisions that are sometimes made. I assure her that the typology on county lines that the CPS published only a few months ago has a particular focus on such issues. There will be times when a decision to prosecute must be...

Attorney General: Modern Slavery: Prosecutions (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: As a border MP, my hon. Friend knows the issue acutely. In February 2016 the Directors of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales and for Northern Ireland, and indeed the Lord Advocate for Scotland, met and pledged their commitment to providing a whole-of-UK approach to human trafficking and slavery. As a result, quarterly meetings are held at official level between the jurisdictions, and...

Attorney General: Modern Slavery: Prosecutions (6 Sep 2018)

Robert Buckland: We place a heavy emphasis on international work, and we are currently working with 25 Europe-based inquiries. We have 30 prosecutors in other countries who focus on this type of work, as well as on other types of crime. Our commitment is clear.

Attorney General: Forced Marriages (21 Jun 2018)

Robert Buckland: The Crown Prosecution Service takes forced marriage very seriously and the prosecution of these crimes remains a priority. In May of this year the CPS secured the first two convictions under the specific offence of forced marriage in England. These successful prosecutions send a clear message that forced marriage is unacceptable and that those responsible will be prosecuted.


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