Results 221–240 of 2260 for speaker:Alex Chalk

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...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: Following the invoking of the Urgent Notification protocol at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (STC) last December, we ordered the provider MTC to take the immediate action necessary to address the unacceptable failings at Rainsbrook, including a focus on ensuring all children in the Reverse Cohorting Unit had a suitable amount of time out of their room. During this period, the Youth Custody...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison and Probation Service: Crimes of Violence (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: A prison officer at HMP Swansea attended hospital following an assault by a prisoner on 12 June. The incident was resolved quickly and our thoughts are with the injured officer at this time. Violence against our hard-working prison officers is unacceptable and will never be tolerated. We work closely with the police and Crown Prosecution Service to bring the perpetrators to justice. We are...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison and Probation Service: Crimes of Violence (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: A prison officer at HMP Swansea attended hospital following an assault by a prisoner on 12 June. The incident was resolved quickly and our thoughts are with the injured officer at this time. The incident has been referred to the police and, in line with usual practice, an internal review of the incident has been commissioned to look at the decisions taken prior to the incident. This review is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody: Ethnic Groups (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We want people to have confidence in a justice system that is fair and open—one where no person suffers discrimination of any sort. We continue to prioritise the understanding and tackling of disparity within the youth justice system. The MoJ Youth Justice Policy Unit, the Youth Justice Board and the Youth Custody Service work closely together in seeking to tackle racial disparities in...

Justice: Image-based Abuse (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We recognise and share public concern over abuses of new technology to harm victims, and we are taking action. Today, new provisions on threatening to share private sexual images come into force, and we are going further. We have asked the Law Commission to review the law on image abuse to ensure that victims are properly protected. The commission will publish recommendations in spring next...

Justice: Image-based Abuse (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising that harrowing case. He is absolutely right to do so. We recognise that the law needs to keep pace with those who would use technology to perpetrate dreadful abuse. We have asked the Law Commission to act, as he indicated. It is doing so at pace, and we will be looking very carefully with a view to extending the law where it is appropriate...

Justice: Rehabilitation of Offenders (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We must rehabilitate offenders by focusing relentlessly on the factors that we know drive reoffending. That is why we are working across Government to support people into a job, stable accommodation and treatment for substance misuse. We have recently announced a £200 million investment in third-sector providers that deliver specialist rehabilitation services to address those core priorities.

Justice: Rehabilitation of Offenders (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: My hon. Friend speaks with great authority on this matter. This House will recall well the excellent work that he did in respect of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. He is absolutely right. We are investing more than £20 million in a landmark new accommodation service, providing up to 12 weeks of accommodation for prison leavers who would otherwise be homeless. That will start later this...

Justice: Rehabilitation of Offenders (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for her question, but I am even more grateful to her for being such a champion of HMP Berwyn and, indeed, of this important initiative. She is absolutely right: getting more prison leavers into jobs is key to cutting crime. As I have indicated before, it reduces the chance of reoffending by 9%. Of course, I would be delighted to visit her in Wrexham to see...

Justice: Domestic Abuse: Legal Advice (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We are committed to ensuring that civil legal aid remains accessible to those who need it, including, in particular, victims of domestic abuse. The Legal Aid Agency keeps market capacity under review to ensure adequate provision across England and Wales. We are reviewing the legal aid means test, including in relation to victims of domestic abuse. On 3 March, the Chancellor announced a...

Justice: Domestic Abuse: Legal Advice (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Lady is absolutely right that legal aid is a vital pillar of support to many people, which is why we have taken steps to ensure that the evidence requirements for those who want access to legal aid have been relaxed. We have also gone further; we have supported organisations such as RCJ Advice through its Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors service, which is a fantastic digital...

Justice: Medomsley Detention Centre (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: I have every sympathy for the survivors and victims of Medomsley detention centre, who suffered abhorrent abuse. The Ministry of Justice has been working for several years to compensate properly survivors and victims. Where necessary, claimants are able to submit medical evidence to support allegations of abuse so that damages can be appropriately assessed. That includes both physical and...

Justice: Medomsley Detention Centre (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for that question, and he paints a truly harrowing picture. For the avoidance of doubt, cases involving serious sexual harm and psychological injury can be dealt with by the Government Legal Department, albeit outside the standard compensation scheme. Because of their seriousness and complexity, they are considered on a case-by-case basis and awards made...

Justice: Topical Questions (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise this issue. The Government’s response to the economic crime threat is set out in our economic crime plan, which lists seven strategic priorities for combating crime through a specially convened public-private partnership. That includes a number of specific actions, including focusing on high-harm fraud types through online activity such as courier...

Justice: Topical Questions (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for raising that matter. It is an extraordinary fact that 10 years ago stalking was not even an offence, but it was made an offence in 2012. I, together with my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham), had a campaign to double the maximum sentence so there is a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment. But it is not enough to have the...

Justice: Topical Questions (29 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: I thank the hon. Lady for paying tribute to law centres; she is absolutely right to do that. They do an important job of ensuring that individuals—sometimes vulnerable individuals—can get that vital legal advice and access to justice that they need. That is why, at the beginning of the pandemic, when the message came out that they might face real threats to their viability, we stepped in....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (28 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 (28 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...


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