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Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Ivory (11 Nov 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Attorney General’s Office has not made any estimates of the number of ivory items owned or collated by the Department.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Finance (4 Nov 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Attorney General’s Office has not allocated any funding to Stonewall in the last 5 years

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Quarantine (2 Nov 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Attorney General and Solicitor General have not claimed any exemptions from the requirement to quarantine after returning from a red list country as neither Law Officer has undertaken any official business overseas since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Details of Ministers’ overseas travel are published quarterly on GOV.UK, and all travel is arranged in line with official regulations.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Money Laundering: Prosecutions (29 Oct 2021)

Alex Chalk: The number of referrals the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Specialist Fraud Division (SFD) has received from the National Crime Agency (NCA) for charging decisions under the Money Laundering Regulations for the last three years are as follows: 4 cases received in 2018-192 cases received in 2019-204 cases received in 2020-21 CPS data is available through its Case Management System (CMS)...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Crown Prosecution Service: Staff (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Chalk: Each of the 14 CPS Areas has a dedicated RASSO Unit, staffed by specially trained prosecutors and other operational delivery staff, equipped to deal with the complexities of rape cases. The below data shows the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff employed in each CPS RASSO Unit, which were established in 2016, as of 31 March for each year from 2017. The figures are set out in decimals...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Correspondence (25 Oct 2021)

Alex Chalk: This Government recognises the importance of responding to members of the public in an effective and timely manner, and the Cabinet Office published an updated Guide to Handling Correspondence for government departments and agencies on July 2021. The guidance reasserts the standards for handling correspondence, including a 20 working day deadline for departments to respond to members of the...

Written Answers — Attorney General: International Corruption Unit: Prosecutions (25 Oct 2021)

Alex Chalk: The CPS is committed to tackling economic crime, including where these crimes span multiple jurisdictions. The CPS works closely with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other investigative agencies; this includes providing early investigative advice on cases, obtaining evidence from overseas using mutual legal assistance and proving support through its network of prosecutors deployed...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Visits Abroad (25 Oct 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Attorney General, Solicitor General and senior officials in the department have not undertaken any overseas visits in the last 12 months. In June 2021, Lisa Osofsky (The Director of the Serious Fraud Office) and John Carroll (Chief Operating Officer of the Serious Fraud Office) visited the United States of America (USA). The purpose of the visit was to meet strategic partners and...

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...


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