Results 101–120 of 2238 for speaker:Alex Chalk

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (27 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Following the invoking of the Urgent Notification protocol at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (STC) last December, Ministers called an urgent meeting with senior representatives from the provider MTC. HMPPS officials were then instructed to deploy to Rainsbrook to scrutinise actions taken by MTC in response to the Urgent Notification. Subsequent meetings were conducted between officials,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sentencing: Costs (23 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Following the unification of the Probation Service on 26 June 2021, short sentence functions will be established in all Probation Service regions to provide a responsive, multi-agency approach for all people in prison serving short prison sentences. The short sentence function was implemented in Wales in August 2020 as an early adopter region.  The remaining Probation Regions have started...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners (23 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: It is important to understand the personal circumstances and needs of offenders who receive custody and community disposals, if we are to effectively support their rehabilitation. Information on the criminogenic and responsivity needs of offenders is captured through the Offender Assessment System (OASyS). The most recent figures were published on 18 July 2019 in the ‘Identified needs of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Mental Health Services (23 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) pathway is a clinically led joint initiative with the NHS. It is not a single intervention rather a series of different interventions tailored for individuals based on clinical need. The number and proportions of men and women in custody and in the community who had been screened into the OPD pathway as of 30 June 2021 is displayed in the table below....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Rehabilitation (23 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Evidence shows that a gender-specific approach for women is the most effective way to address the often multiple and complex issues that underly women’s offending behaviour. That is why we launched the Female Offender Strategy in 2018 to improve outcomes for women at all points of the justice system by taking a gender and trauma informed approach. A wide range of work is underway to help...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Gender Recognition (23 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: No data is held centrally on the number of prisoners with Gender Recognition Certificates (GRCs) in English and Welsh prisons. Nobody is obliged to disclose that they have a GRC. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and the Ministry of Justice are actively pursuing ways to improve data relating to gender and gender identity, whilst also continuing to respect the rights and privacy of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Foreign Nationals (23 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice welcomes the findings of IMB’s report and takes the concerns raised seriously. The Board found positive practices during their visit, but we recognise that the establishment still has a way to go. Some of the issues raised have been exacerbated or delayed by the impact of Covid-19 and are expected to improve as regime restrictions are lifted. 33185 HMPPS and the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Disciplinary Proceedings (22 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. To answer this accurately each individual personnel file held on each prison officer in post over the last 10 years would need to be examined. Most older personnel files are still held in hard copy format and would need to be brought back from storage.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Legal Aid Scheme: Special Guardianship Orders (22 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: In February 2019 as part of the Legal Support Action Plan, we committed to bringing special guardianship orders into scope of legal aid. Although work was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic response, we are intending to look into the role of special guardians and at the scope for extending legal aid to special guardians in private law proceedings as part of wider consideration of the civil...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sexual Offences: Prosecutions (22 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice has published information on prosecutions under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 in England and Wales, up to December 2020, available in the ‘Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code’ data tool, which can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Ventilation (22 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice is not an enforcing authority and does not engage in enforcement activity. We are not aware of any enforcement action against HMPPS in relation to ventilation. While there is regular engagement with prison governors and representatives of the Prison Officers’ Association on issues relating to health and safety in prisons, there have been no meetings to discuss...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: Contracts (21 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The independent review of the Dynamic Framework will be published by the independent reviewer, Richard Oldfield by Autumn. All 110 contracts for Day 1 services have been awarded and approximately two-thirds of contract value has been awarded to VCSE organisations. These were fixed price contracts for rehabilitative services commissioned through the Dynamic Framework, with a volume cap (with...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Offensive Weapons (20 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Violence against our hard-working prison officers is unacceptable and will never be tolerated. A taskforce with a remit to undertake a review of the management of razors and ceramics across HMPPS has now restarted following a pause due to the impact of COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic we saw a continued decrease in assaults in prisons, and in the 12 months to December 2020, assaults were down...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Pregnancy (20 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Sex between prisoners is not permitted. PSI 47/2011 - Prison Discipline Procedures - provides that engaging in sexual activity can lead to disciplinary charges. PSI 30/2013 - Incentives and Earned Privileges - requires prisoners to act ‘with decency at all times remembering prisons/cells are not private dwellings (this includes not engaging in sexual activity)’. In the case that this...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Gender Recognition (20 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: On March 31st 2019, the latest period for which data is available, there were 34 transgender prisoners housed in women’s prisons. 30 reported their legal gender as female and 4 as male. The Ministry of Justice and HM Prison & Probation Service will always ensure that transgender individuals are managed safely, with their rights properly respected and in accordance with the law. Although a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Accommodation (20 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: On Friday 09th July the total prison population was 78,489 and the total useable operational capacity of the prison estate was 81,138. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) publishes monthly individual prison population and capacity information through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prison-population- statistics. There are no prisons operating over their operational...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release (20 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The attached table shows that between 1 April 2020 and 31 December 2020, an estimated 1,782 prisoners convicted of sexual offences were released halfway through their sentence. The number of releases at the sentence halfway point is not routinely produced for statistical purposes and this estimate is based on the type of sentence and the type of release recorded. Data on releases is published...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Reviews (19 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The 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 to provide a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody: Costs (19 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The average cost per place per year for a child placed in youth custody is: £271,000 at a Secure Children’s Home £201,000 at a Secure Training Centre £119,000 at a Young Offender Institution There is no difference in average cost if the child is placed on remand or for other reasons. These costs are inclusive of education services.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Mental Health Services (19 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Government takes the mental health of people within the criminal justice system very seriously, and we welcome the Centre for Mental Health’s important report which was commissioned by NHS England and Improvement. We are actively considering the findings with health and justice partners. Extensive work is already ongoing across the Department to make our prisons safer. We are improving...


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