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Written Answers — Attorney General: Prosecutions: Standards (20 Oct 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) may close cases at the pre-charge stage as ‘pending response – further investigation’ for a number of reasons, which are not limited to queries about submitted cases. The reasons could include, for example, that the suspect had died. However, it is not possible to distinguish in the CPS figures between the reasons. Closing a case that is pending...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Serious Fraud Office: Prosecutions (20 Oct 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) receives a large number of reports and referrals from multiple different sources relating to a wide range of offences. Whistleblower referrals have been routinely published in the SFO Annual Report on Whistleblowing Disclosures since 2017. The figures are set out below: During the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, the SFO managed 175 whistleblowing...

Written Answers — Attorney General: British American Tobacco: Corruption (27 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Following a three-year investigation into British American Tobacco, in January 2021 the SFO determined that this case did not meet the evidential tests as defined in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. As with all cases that fail this first limb of the Code, it was therefore not in the public interest to continue with the investigation. The SFO is aware of the allegations made in the BBC’s...

Written Answers — Attorney General: British American Tobacco: Fraud (27 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The SFO is aware of the allegations made in the BBC’s Panorama programme of 12 September 2021. Following a three-year investigation into the British American Tobacco, in January 2021 the SFO determined that this case did not meet the evidential tests as defined in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. As with all cases that fail this first limb of the Code, it was therefore not in the public...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Flags (24 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Government Legal Department (GLD) and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) have not purchased any Union Flags over the last two years.

Written Answers — Attorney General: British American Tobacco: Corruption (21 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Following a three-year investigation, the SFO determined that this case did not meet the evidential tests as defined in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. As with all cases that fail this first limb of the Code, it was therefore not in the public interest to continue with the investigation. The SFO does not provide detailed commentary on how it conducts its investigations. The SFO continues to...

Criminal Justice System: Families Bereaved by Public Disasters (16 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Occasionally—very occasionally—a debate takes place in this House that has such searing force that it lodges forever in the memory because of the way in which it measures up to the gravity of the subject matter. This is one such debate. I thank the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle) for securing it, but even more for giving a speech that was of such exceptional clarity...

Criminal Justice System: Families Bereaved by Public Disasters (16 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: What an excellent point. The idea that all football fans are the same, behave the same way and think the same way is an absurdity. Perhaps we understand that better now than was the case 30 years ago. To conclude the point about the context, what has happened since 2017 is a document that was referred to, but which I just want to take a moment to discuss—“A Guide to Coroner Services for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Police Custody: Legal Opinion (16 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: In April 2020 the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), Crown Prosecution Service, The Law Society, Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association agreed a joint protocol to facilitate the provision of remote legal advice for suspects being interviewed under caution in police stations during the pandemic. As a contingency measure, the Legal Aid...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Administration of Justice: Standards (15 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Recovering the courts from the impact of Covid is a key priority for this Government. We allocated over a quarter of a billion pounds on recovery last financial year, making court buildings safe, rolling out new technology for remote hearings, recruiting additional staff and opening Nightingale courtrooms. We are encouraged by the level of cases now flowing through the courts, with our...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Abuse: Legal Aid Scheme (15 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Legal aid is available to obtain an injunction to protect survivors of domestic violence. This is not subject to any upper means limit; applicants cannot be found financially ineligible for this form of support. Applications are subject to a merits test to assess their suitability for legal aid funding. Please note that volumes relate to applications for legal aid and not individual...

Justice: Prison Officer Retirement Age (14 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Our prison officers have done a truly remarkable job during the pandemic, and through their decisive actions and rapid contact tracing, literally hundreds if not thousands of prisoners’ lives have been saved. Although there are no plans to revisit the retirement age, we are pursuing a series of initiatives to boost morale, safety and retention, and ensure that prisons are as secure and...

Justice: Prison Officer Retirement Age (14 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Lady makes an important point. Mercifully, during the pandemic violence has come down in prisons, which we welcome. It is also important not to make false comparisons. For example, employee contributions for police officers are at 12%, and 14% for fire officers, and 5.45% for prison officers. Of course we keep such matters under review. We made a generous offer in 2017 to bring...

Justice: Prison Officer Retirement Age (14 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Where the hon. Lady is absolutely right is that retention matters, because having more experience in a prison leads it to be safer and more rehabilitative. However, it is disappointing that she did not note that last year there was a minimum increase in pay of 2.5%, and in fact some officers received up to 7.5%. That was much higher than wage inflation in the economy. We will continue to do...

Justice: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: My hon. Friend raises a critical point, and we agree, which is why we have invested £100 million in gate security to ensure, for example, that body scanners can be installed to allow concealed items to be detected, that there is money for counter-corruption, and that rehabilitation and treatment can take place in jail. A time when our jails are completely drug free is something that we...

Justice: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who is absolutely right to pay tribute, and let me tell him why. At the beginning of this pandemic there was a prediction that 2,700 prisoners would die in English jails, but the actual figure is under 130. Although every one of those is a tragedy, this is a powerful tribute to the work that those staff did. He makes an important point about vaccination....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Cremation and Funerals (13 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Government’s response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) market investigation of funeral director and crematoria provision was published on 7 April 2021.  The Government engaged with the CMA both before and after publication, primarily on the CMA’s recommendation on improving the effectiveness of the funeral sector’s self-regulation; and also on the CMA’s...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Rehabilitation (13 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Voluntary sector organisations are a key partner for the Probation Service. We are committed to increasing their role in rehabilitating offenders as part of the new unified model for probation. In doing so, we have sought to learn lessons from the approach taken under the previous Transforming Rehabilitation model for probation (which ceased on 25 June). The procurement process for the new...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Housing (13 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Having stable accommodation can prevent offenders committing further crimes. To ensure offenders are not homeless upon release, HMPPS has developed a Community Accommodation Service (CAS) so that people leaving prison can access suitable accommodation. CAS brings Approved Premises (AP), Bail Accommodation and Support Service (BASS), and a new provision of transitional accommodation together...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Wealstun Prison: Legionnaires' Disease (13 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: During routine water sampling, as part of preventative maintenance, some readings of legionella bacteria were traced at HMP Wealstun. All the affected systems have been isolated and treated. The Facilities Management provider is currently investigating the reasons for the presence of legionella at the prison and will produce a report, which will include lessons learnt from this incident....


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