Results 1–20 of 1658 for speaker:Alex Chalk

Ministry of Justice: Legal Aid Spending (22 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I congratulate the Chair of the Justice Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Sir Robert Neill), on securing the debate and on opening it in such a full, balanced and helpful way. In preparing this speech, I looked back at previous debates, and what a joy it was to see that the hon. Member for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Abuse (22 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: Under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), legal aid remains available for private family matters where there is evidence of domestic abuse or child abuse. The Post-Implementation Review of LASPO (PIR), published in February 2019, considered the impact of LASPO on victims of domestic abuse. In the Legal Support Action Plan, published alongside the PIR, we...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Abuse: Legal Aid Scheme (22 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: Legal aid is available to obtain an injunction to protect survivors of domestic violence, and this is not subject to any upper capital means limit; applicants cannot be found ineligible for this form of support. Save for the above, whether someone is a survivor of domestic violence is not recorded for types of legal aid for other categories of law, eligibility for which would be subject to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Debt Collection: Coronavirus (22 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Government is clear that enforcement activity must be conducted safely and in accordance with the public health measures in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Currently, enforcement agents should not enter residential properties in areas that are classified as Local Alert Level 2 (high) or 3 (very high), for the purposes of enforcement. This position has been set out in HMCTS...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Child Arrangements Orders (22 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: Legal aid is available for certain specific private family law proceedings, including a breach of a child arrangement order (CAO), where a child is a party to those proceedings or where there is evidence of domestic violence or child abuse. The Government ensures that legal aid is available for victims of domestic abuse in all private family proceedings subject to evidence requirements and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Criminal Legal Aid Review (22 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: We are working to ensure that the next phase of the Criminal Legal Aid Review is set up as quickly as possible and are planning for the Independent Review to conclude in 2021. However, this timeframe will be subject to the agreement of the Chair, once appointed. We will seek to confirm the timeframe at the launch of the Independent Review.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Criminal Legal Aid Review (22 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: We are working closely with stakeholders, including the criminal defence representative bodies, to ensure that the Independent Review is set up as quickly as possible and that we appoint the right chair and advisory panel so that the review can deliver a robust, evidence-based assessment of the criminal legal aid market. This means ensuring that the chair of the review has the right skillset,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Immigration: EU Nationals (21 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: The EU Settlement Scheme is administered by the Home Office with a statutory right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal - Immigration and Asylum Chamber (FtTIAC). From commencement of the statutory appeal right on 31 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, the most recent date for published tribunal statistics, there have been 57 appeals lodged with the FtTIAC against decisions made under the EU...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: War Memorials: Vandalism (21 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: Any vandalism or attack on property should be met with the full force of the law. Attacking any memorial is an insult, and this is particularly true of a war memorial commemorating those who have given their lives fighting for our freedom. The Government is currently reviewing the law in this area to ensure that where memorials are damaged or desecrated the courts are able to sentence...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Chief Coroner: Annual Reports (20 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Chief Coroner has provided his combined annual reports 2018-19 and 2019-20 to the Lord Chancellor who will publish them shortly.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Evictions: Coronavirus (16 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Government has announced that evictions should not be carried out in England and Wales in the run up to and over Christmas and the New Year, from 11 December until 11 January, except in the most serious circumstances, such as cases involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse. This will ensure vulnerable tenants are not forced from their homes at a time when public and local...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Coronavirus (16 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Government announced in June 2019 that the Law Commission will conduct a fundamental review of the law on how and where people can legally marry in England and Wales. This is an important and complex social policy reform and requires careful thought and consideration. The Law Commission published its consultation paper on 3 September 2020 and the Government, following the final report,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Written Questions (16 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: This government values the ongoing work of MPs and Peers whose scrutiny, whether through written Parliamentary Questions or other methods, is an invaluable part of our democratic process. The Ministry of Justice’s internal guidance for answering parliamentary questions was updated and published on the Department’s intranet in April 2020. I will arrange for a copy of the attached...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (16 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Government announced in June 2019 that the Law Commission will conduct a fundamental review of the law on how and where people can legally marry in England and Wales. As part of that review, the Government invited the Law Commission to make recommendations about how marriage by humanist and other non-religious belief organisations could be incorporated into a revised or new scheme for all...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sentencing (15 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: Under the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (the Code), police Witness Care Units must inform victims if there is an appeal against the offender’s sentence. Whilst sentencing is a matter for the courts, in determining an appeal against a sentence, the court will always take into account any Victim Personal Statement (which explains the impact the offence had on the victim) that was...

Lord Chancellor’s Oath and the Rule of Law — [Derek Twigg in the Chair] (14 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Twigg, and to respond to a debate back here in Westminster Hall. I congratulate the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) on securing the debate and thank her for her wide-ranging but tightly-argued important representations. I have 12 minutes to respond to her points, which were made quite properly at greater...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Crime: Victims (14 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice is committed to ensuring victims receive the right support at the right time, to help them cope and recover in the aftermath of crime, and to break the cycles of both victimisation and offending. We recognise that many individuals may have experience as both a victim and an offender and are working to better address this. For example, we have included a requirement for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Solicitors: Legal Aid Scheme (12 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: Please note for the figures provided that some firms may have more than one office. There are currently 1,136 firms who hold a Criminal Legal Aid Contract. There are currently 1,471 firms who hold a Civil Legal Aid Contract. This data is correct as at 7 October 2020. The Legal Aid Agency tracks the number of contracted providers, not the number of individual practitioners who work in either...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Repossession Orders: Coronavirus (8 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Government is clear that evictions should not be carried out in areas that are subject to a local lockdown that includes a restriction on gatherings in homes. This position has been set out in HMCTS’s operational guidance for County Court bailiffs and the High Court Enforcement Officers’ Association has confirmed to the Lord Chancellor that its members will also adhere to this approach.

Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [Lords]: New Schedule 4 - Regulations under section (Implementation of other agreements on private international law (No. 3)) (6 Oct 2020)

Alex Chalk: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. Let me start by thanking all the right hon, hon. and , in particular, learned Members from all parts of the House for their careful scrutiny of the Bill at each stage of its passage. A variety of opinions have been expressed, and I value all the contributions made on these important issues. We have been fortunate, throughout the passage...


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