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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Drones over Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: Reducing the use of drones in prisons means four things: we must tackle the criminal gangs that organise the drones; we must tackle the people who fly them over the wall; we must ensure that we have electronic jamming equipment in place; and we need physical security in the forms of nets and grilles to prevent the prisoners from accessing those drones.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Drones over Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: You are right, Mr Speaker; it does sound a pretty rum business. The serious point about drones is that, rather than flying over my back garden in Penrith and The Border, they are bringing illicit substances into prisons. Of the four methods I emphasised, the key way of dealing with that—the one that is the most important of all—is physical security. If we have the right nets and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Drones over Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: We have made a lot of progress on the issue. In prisons such as Liverpool, where the new grilles are coming in, and Chelmsford, where we have the new protective equipment in place, we can see that it is more and more difficult to get a drone into a prison. When the nets are working and the grilles are up, it is difficult to do. There are other things we can do, too. One central thing is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Drones over Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: The payload of a drone is relatively limited. The amount of weight that it can carry tends to be 1 kg or 2 kg at the maximum. Therefore the majority of drugs that come into prison are almost certainly going over the wall by other means—thrown over or posted over impregnated in paper—or carried in by people coming into the prison. That is why we are investing much more now in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Mobile Phones: Smuggling into Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: It is central that we also tackle mobile telephones. The reason is that if we do not, crimes can be committed by people within prison reaching outside the prison walls, both bringing illicit substances into the prison and terrorising their victims outside. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield) for the private Member’s Bill that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Mobile Phones: Smuggling into Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: I have met the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and we have looked at two areas. We have looked at devices that can be used within the prison walls. As my hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann) pointed out in his speech on Friday, and in his question today, there is much more that we can now do by working with the mobile telephone companies to identify the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Mobile Phones: Smuggling into Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: This is a very serious point and a very serious challenge. I will be following up this allegation with the governor. The governor has generally done a very good job in Berwyn, and the report that the hon. Lady raises is very disturbing. We must be clear that we have to support our prison officers. We are doing that through supporting a private Member’s Bill to double the sentence for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Probation Service: Recruitment and Retention in Oxfordshire (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: We have a series of challenges in relation to retention in Oxfordshire, some of which will be familiar to the hon. Lady. They are partly about the fact that people can get jobs in London, with London weighting, and they are partly to do with general problems around employment. We are, however, addressing them through a new recruitment campaign that is much more locally targeted, and I am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Probation Service: Recruitment and Retention in Oxfordshire (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: We have been in discussion with the Treasury, and we got clearance this week to begin discussions with the unions on the question of pay. Of course pay matters, but we have also learned real lessons about recruitment. As I say, ensuring that we are not simply doing national recruitment campaigns but are specifically targeting Oxford markets and working in the relevant universities is really...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers: Protection from Violence (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: Reducing violent behaviour in prison is absolutely vital, particularly for our prison officers, who are doing unbelievably difficult and challenging jobs and turning around people’s lives. We are addressing this through body-worn cameras and better use of CCTV, and we are ensuring—in supporting the private Member’s Bill introduced by the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers: Protection from Violence (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: My right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor laid out in a speech this morning the incentives and earned privileges schemes that he will be pushing for, which are exactly intended to incentivise good behaviour and make sure we turn around people’s lives. On the subject of my hon. Friend’s constituents, and indeed those of any Member, I want to re-emphasise that being a prison officer...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Non-road Traffic Accident-related Personal Injury Claims (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: On non-road traffic accident-related personal injuries, the decision has been made to increase the small claims limit from £1,000, where it was set in 1991, to £2,000 in line with retail prices index inflation. This is in line with what happens in many other European countries—in Norway, for example—in taking lawyers out of the smallest claims.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Non-road Traffic Accident-related Personal Injury Claims (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: The important thing to understand about the small claims process is that the shift from £1,000 to £2,000 is simply to ensure that the original 1991 legislation keeps up with inflation—the RPI increase—in line with the Judicial College guidelines. This is not about people with catastrophic, life-changing injuries, but about people with injuries below the £2,000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Non-road Traffic Accident-related Personal Injury Claims (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: I am always prepared to meet the hon. Lady and to listen. I emphasise again that this is simply a change in line with RPI. The small claims limit was set at £1,000 in 1991. The proposal is now to move it to £2,000, which is simply in line with the retail prices index, so that we have the same fair policy today that we had in 1991.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: I pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman for his campaigning on this issue. As right hon. and hon. Members are aware, fentanyl is an incredibly dangerous drug, because in minuscule quantities, it can do more damage than heroin and cocaine. We have had nearly 240 deaths in Britain and the United States has had up to 20,000 deaths in a year from fentanyl, so the recent actions from the Sentencing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: First, my right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor announced this morning an additional £16 million to invest in decency—that is, bringing cells back into operation that have been taken out and making sure that the basic fabric is repaired. However, the most important thing is the building of 10,000 new prison places, beginning with Wellingborough and Glen Parva and moving on, to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: Tackling drugs in prisons involves dealing with how the drugs get into the prison—either over the wall or on a person—the demand in the prison and the way that we search people within the walls. All these things need to be done simultaneously—supply, demand and searching—and the key to this is training, training, training.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: Absolutely. We remain very committed to this. We have undertaken extensive consultation on extending the maximum sentences for causing death by dangerous driving, and we are looking at those for causing death by careless driving. We intend to introduce legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: I refer to my previous answer. This is a priority for the Government, but we need to find the right legislative instrument for doing it. Be in no doubt—it will happen.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Rory Stewart: The entire purpose of the small claims court is to make sure that minor injuries—in this case, the claims limit was set in 1991 at less than £1,000 and will rise to £2,000—are dealt with without lawyers. The same thing happens in most of our European partner countries. Norway is a very good example of a model in which exactly such cases are taken through without...


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