Results 181–200 of 2238 for speaker:Alex Chalk

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Females (1 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Ensuring a safe, stable transition to the new unified probation model has been our key priority as contracts with Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) come to an end. We have worked to support that through our overall approach to transition, which has meant transferring staff, caseloads and ways of working to the new Probation Service as is, to support continuity in how offenders are...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bronzefield Prison: Homelessness (1 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Hon Member for West Ham will be aware that the changes we have made to the probation system include significant changes to our approach to meeting the needs of people in custody. As a result of these changes and to ensure women held in HMP Bronzefield receive the support they need to reduce the risk of them being released without an address, those staff based in Bronzefield who have...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: York (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Lord Chancellor would be happy to discuss a visit to a probation hostel with Rachel Maskell.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Full Sutton Prison: Planning (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: Prior to outline planning being granted for a new prison at Full Sutton in 2019, senior officials from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) met residents to hear their concerns alongside a pre-application public consultation, where comments on the plans could be submitted for consideration. Since outline planning was granted, further community consultation took place this year for the construction...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Domestic Visits (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Lord Chancellor has visited a prison 7 times since 24th July 2019. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fewer visits have taken place than planned but the Lord Chancellor has recently resumed visits in line with COVID restrictions.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: Latest published statistics show that there were 550 children and young people (including 18-year olds) in custody at the end of April 2021; historically low numbers. Of this number, 66 were placed in a Secure Children’s Home (SCH). There are almost 70% fewer children in custody than there were ten years ago. There is currently sufficient capacity for justice beds in SCHs, and we will...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody: Inspections (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We recognise the importance and the transparency independent scrutiny provide. We treat recommendations made by the independent scrutiny bodies with the utmost seriousness and expect all providers – public and private - to act upon them in a timely and robust manner. Scrutiny body heads regularly meet with Ministry of Justice officials to discuss their findings including areas of good...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody: Standards (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: Those working day-to-day with children should be supported by a structure that equips them to do the best work possible with that child. That includes frontline staff being part of formulating plans for how best to support and care for children. The YCS is working with the contractor G4S which manages Oakhill Secure Training Centre (STC) on a range of steps to better support frontline staff....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody: Labour Turnover (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The YCS have planned a workshop with the Secure Training Centres (STCs) to be held in late June 2021 to focus on potential solutions to recruitment and retention issues in the sector. Additionally, we have made available a youth justice qualification to staff at STCs as well as public sites. The enrolment costs of the qualification are paid for by the YCS and staff can complete the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Oakhill Secure Training Centre: Crimes of Violence (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: There are a number of factors that led to children at Oakhill STC feeling frustrated, resulting in a higher level of violence against staff in March 2021. Oakhill STC experienced a COVID-19 outbreak from 4 January to 8 March, meaning several children and staff had to isolate. This led to a significantly reduced timetable for children and limited mixing. Even after the outbreak had concluded,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Oakhill Secure Training Centre (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Youth Custody Service (YCS) remains committed to improving safety for children in custody. We are continuing to invest in staff, education, psychology services and mental health support, underpinned by the SECURE STAIRS framework of integrated care which provides the foundations for how the YCS works with children. Additionally, we are also carrying out work to ensure that lessons learned...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: A Law Commission report due later this year is expected to present options for wholesale reform to the law governing marriage ceremonies, which the Government will consider carefully. Options being explored by the Law Commission include offering couples greater flexibility to form their own ceremonies, allowing the ceremony to take place in a much broader range of locations, and powers to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (30 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: A Law Commission report due later this year is expected to present options for wholesale reform to the law governing marriage ceremonies, which the Government will consider carefully. Options being explored by the Law Commission include offering couples greater flexibility to form their own ceremonies, allowing the ceremony to take place in a much broader range of locations, and powers to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Question (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: When the new judicial mandatory retirement age comes into force, there will be a transitional provision to enable retired magistrates to apply to return to the bench, subject to business need. We will be contacting recently retired magistrates later this year to invite them to express their interest in rejoining the bench.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Question (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We recognise the benefits of diverting female offenders away from prison where appropriate. That is why we have committed to piloting Residential Women’s Centres for women at risk of short custodial sentences, where they will be supported to address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour and to move-on to settled accommodation. The first centre will be located in south Wales....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Question (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: This was a terrible crime, and the Court imposed a whole life order on Khairi Saadallah. The Probation Service has completed a Serious Further Offence (SFO) review into how Saadallah was managed, which is being shared with the bereaved families and with surviving victims. An independent reviewer is also undertaking a Serious Case Review looking at how the relevant agencies worked together...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Question (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We implemented several important reforms on 31 May to tackle the problems associated with whiplash which will cut costs, reduce fraud and lower motor insurance premiums. We have introduced a tariff of damages for whiplash injuries, banned pre-medical offers to settle such claims and increased the small claims track limit to £5,000 for road accident related personal injury claims. ...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Question (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: In response to the pressures of the pandemic, prisons moved rapidly to prevent infection and minimise loss of life, the Probation Service introduced new delivery models, and in Courts and Tribunals we made quick safety adjustments to court buildings meaning that we were among the first internationally to re-start jury trials. We remain committed to our continued recovery, rolling out...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice has referred requests to the Cabinet Office Clearing House where appropriate and in line with the published criteria which is available on gov.uk here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-an d-freedom-of-information.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Females (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: In response to 19655, A total of 112 temporary accommodation cells have been installed and are available for use in the women’s estate at HMP & YOI Drake Hall, HMP & YOI East Sutton Park, HMP Foston Hall and HMP & YOI Askham Grange to limit the spread of covid-19 in the women’s prison estate. In response to 19656, the expansion of the women’s prison estate is still at a relatively...


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