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Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Road Restructuring: Oxfordshire (18 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: Does my hon. Friend agree that what frustrates people across the country, and certainly in Cheltenham, is that contractors are often getting away with poor quality repairs? If they just did the job properly in the first place, the repair would have a chance of holding and would not leak at the first sign of frost.

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Road Restructuring: Oxfordshire (18 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: Does my hon. Friend agree that what is so infuriating for residents is seeing one defect repaired but surrounding defects left or areas that we all know are going to crumble in the next frost left unattended? Do we not have to find a more efficient way of fixing holes and the defects around them?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: My right hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Does he agree with the maxim of the former President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, that the first rule of politics is that its practitioners must be able to count? That is so important when we come to consider our debates over the coming weeks.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is giving, as one would expect, a forensic and detailed scrutiny of these proposals, but the end point of his argument must be that there should be a customs union. I understand the point, but has he made any assessment of the extent to which, in the country, there would be a sense of betrayal, which would place the disquiet that has taken place in this...

Combat Air Strategy (17 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend’s commitment to Britain’s future air defence, but will he say a little about affordability? It is important that we have cutting-edge units, but it is equally important that we have sufficient room in the budget to buy enough of them.

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Voyeurism: additional offences (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: Although I have a significant amount of sympathy for the points made by the hon. Member for Walthamstow, is the point not that the law would be made to look extremely foolish if sex was a statutory aggravating factor in respect of an offence of upskirting, but not in respect of rape or sexual assault? In those circumstances, the inconsistency would bring the law into disrepute. Does the...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Voyeurism: additional offences (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Lady is absolutely right that victims should be in charge of their own bodily integrity, and that includes whether they are upskirted or touched intimately. However, on either formulation—the Government’s or that in the amendment—that is taken as read. In other words, it is a key part of the offence that it has to be shown that the victim did not consent. Of course,...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Voyeurism: additional offences (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: If an individual who said, “I’m selling it to Closer magazine,” turned up in court and said, “Do you know what? I had no idea that it might humiliate, alarm or distress the victim”, does the hon. Lady really think that he is likely to be believed by a jury?

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Voyeurism: additional offences (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: I rise briefly to oppose the amendments, although I recognise that they have validity and force. I am not suggesting that they are misconceived, but, on balance, the Committee should vote against if necessary, and I will explain why. The first point is one that has already been made. We should not lose sight of the fact that almost everyone who has spoken about these matters recognises that...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Voyeurism: additional offences (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. Ultimately, we are trying to prevent offending so that victims can get justice. One aspect of victims getting justice is ensuring that something is put on the statute book as quickly and efficiently as possible. The key evidence, if I may say so—the centre of effort that came from Gina Martin’s evidence—is that she wants to see this on the...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Voyeurism: additional offences (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: I will give way to the hon. Lady in a moment. Most people recognise that only people in the latter category should go on the register. Let us imagine for a second that this amendment were carried. The defendant would say, “I’m not guilty of this crime. I want to have a trial, please.” He would go before a judge and jury and say, “My phone was operating by accident. I...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Voyeurism: additional offences (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: I absolutely accept that the purpose of consideration in Committee is to drill down on such matters and see how they would work in practice. No one should misread my representation on this; of course victims come first—that is why we are here and why the Government have moved so quickly to get the Bill on to the statute book. We recognise that there is a socking great hole in the law...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Voyeurism: additional offences (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: I congratulate the hon. Lady once again on the vigour with which she has pursued this important cause. With enormous respect, I do not think that anyone has dealt with the issue of the sexual offenders register. If we accept that not everyone should automatically go on it, the key problem with the amendment is that it does not answer the question of how a court is supposed to decide. At the...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Voyeurism: additional offences (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: Does the Minister agree that in this offence, as with so many offences, it is possible that there is a blend of motives? Even if the principal motivation is a laugh, the fact that there might be a subsidiary or subordinate motive that involves humiliating, alarming or distressing the victim would be enough in and of itself to make out the offence under the proposed formulation.

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: When individual cases go wrong, of course they should be fixed. At a time of record low unemployment this country spends some £90 billion a year on working-age benefits—as it should—but to put that in context, that is more than double what we spend on schools. In those circumstances, does my hon. Friend agree that the suggestion that somehow resources are not being applied is...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Examination of Witness (10 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: Q I want to go over the point you very helpfully raised about making a decision on whether to be heavy-handed, go in with your size 12s and prosecute someone to conviction, potentially ruining a young person’s life, or to take a lighter touch. That involves individual discretion, often of a police officer, to decide, “Are we going to go down the caution route or are we in fact...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Examination of Witness (10 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: Q But would you agree that that is a key part of how this sort of legislation operates on the ground—namely, how it is enforced and the discretion that is applied to its terms?

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Examination of Witness (10 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: May I take up the issue about motive? The offence in the Bill requires one or other of two purposes:Q “obtaining sexual gratification (whether for A or C)”— in other words, for the taker or for a third party—or “humiliating, alarming or distressing B.” What are credible additional or alternative motives for someone taking a photograph up someone’s skirt?

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Examination of Witness (10 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: Q Okay. Let me deal with financial gain. The value in this photo comes either from a third party getting sexual gratification from it or from it being humiliating, alarming or distressing for the individual. Even if that were part of the intention of the taker, surely it would be possible for the prosecution to say, “Whatever their primary motive, the value in these images came from...


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