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

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice is responsible for marriage law in England and Wales. Marriage law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is a devolved matter. The Government has received a number of representations about making separate provision for humanist marriage in England and Wales. As we have made clear, a Law Commission report due later this year is expected to present options for wholesale...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: National Probation Service for England and Wales: Public Appointments (19 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Combating illegal drug misuse is a top priority for this Government. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is working closely with key departments across government to tackle the misuse of drugs, including reducing drug supply and demand and improving treatment and recovery for offenders with substance misuse needs. We welcome Part 2 of Dame Carol Black’s Independent Review of Drugs and the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Divorce (16 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Divorce and dissolution are a fundamental change of legal status that may have implications for people’s rights and responsibilities, for matters such as property and inheritance, and for the families involved. Since the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857, divorce has always been a court process and only the court can legally end a marriage. However, divorcing couples can use family mediation to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Justice: Equality (15 Jul 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. The over-representation of ethnic minority children in the youth justice system is a real concern and we continue to prioritise understanding and tackling disparities. The MoJ Youth Justice Policy Unit, the Youth Justice Board and the Youth Custody Service...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation (15 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Participation figures are drawn directly from the published data available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-annual-digest -april-2019-to-march-2020. Percentages have been added alongside this data to represent the proportion of prisoners who started a programme for those convicted of a Sexual Offence vs. the total number of programme starts in a given year. Total...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody (15 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Youth Custody Service (YCS) monitors performance at Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) and Secure Training Centres (STCs) very closely, working with establishments to ensure that recommendations from the independent inspectorates are acted upon promptly. The YCS captures a range of performance information for both YOIs and STCs (noting the differences across sectors). This information is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (15 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Youth Custody Service (YCS) placement team is responsible for placing children and young people under the age of 18 who have been remanded or sentenced into youth secure accommodation. The youth estate is currently comprised of three sectors: Young Offender Institutions (YOIs), often larger establishments for boys aged 15-17; Secure Training Centre’s (STCs) –smaller establishments...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (15 Jul 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 no child was isolated on arrival and all children in the Reverse Cohorting Unit had suitable access to services and a greater...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Special Guardianship Orders: Legal Aid Scheme (15 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: In February 2019 as part of the Legal Support Action Plan, we agreed to remove the means test for those with parental responsibility to oppose placement or adoption orders in family law proceedings and we committed to bringing special guardianship orders into scope of legal aid. Over the past year many elements of the Action Plan are up and running and work is proceeding on other. For...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre: Novus (15 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Although the Youth Custody Service monitors performance at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, the decision to change the education provider from Novus to Nacro was made by MTC as the private provider at Rainsbrook who are empowered to take such decisions. Nacro commenced education provision at the centre on 5 May 2021.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Industrial Disputes (15 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Contingency plans were put in place and enacted by Novus to manage the potential impact of industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU). There was limited impact on education delivery during the action. Novus provide services under the Prison Education Framework contract which enables HMPPS to penalise providers for any non-delivery of education at site level where...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Ventilation (14 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Updated guidance “Ventilation in Prisons and Approved Premises during COVID-19 Operating Conditions Guidance (Version 2)” was issued to all prison governors in March 2021. MoJ Property Directorate, working with facilities management providers, is responsible for the management of the ventilation systems. They continuously monitor these systems and identify where any improvements may be...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Breastfeeding: Public Places (13 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: This behaviour may already be captured by existing offences. However, we are keenly aware of concerns that have been expressed over the changes in technology, including the misuse of photography, social media, imagery, and the opportunities to abuse and upset others that such developments can bring. We have therefore asked the Law Commission to review the law in this area to ensure...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Matrimonial Proceedings and Separation (13 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Divorce and dissolution are a fundamental change of legal status that may have implications for people’s rights and responsibilities, for matters such as property and inheritance, and for the families involved. Since the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857, divorce has always been a court process and only the court can legally end a marriage. However, divorcing couples can use family mediation to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Child Arrangements Orders: Legal Aid Scheme (13 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Legal aid is already available for certain private family law cases, where there is evidence of domestic abuse and for all EU and international child custody, maintenance, contact, and prevention of abduction cases. Where an issue falls outside the scope of legal aid, funding may still be available through the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) Scheme, where it would breach or risk a breach of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody: Gender Recognition (13 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Published Youth Custody Service (YCS) placement guidance (Youth Custody Service Report Template (publishing.service.gov.uk) states that “Young people who identify as transgender will typically be placed into a mixed gender Secure Children’s Home (SCH) or Secure Training Centre (STC) if considered suitable, alongside the risk they present to others and their age”. As part of placement...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Downview Prison (13 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: HMP Downview’s E Wing provides separate accommodation in the women’s estate for transgender women with Gender Recognition Certificates (GRC) who pose, or face, too high a risk to be located in the general women’s population. The circumstances in which a transgender woman with a GRC may be considered for placement in separate accommodation is detailed in ‘The Care and Management of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Secure Training Centres (13 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Whilst it would not be appropriate to specify the secure establishments individual children have been transferred to, all placement decisions have and will continue to be based on the individual needs, requirements and vulnerabilities of the children. Staff have spoken to all children at Rainsbrook to explain the current situation and have worked closely with Youth Offending Teams to ensure...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Reoffenders: Children (13 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The average number of children in custody has fallen by 73% between 2010/11 and 2020/21 and their reoffending rate fell from 73.8% to 65.2% between 2008 and 2018 (most recent data). Many of the children sentenced to custody have committed very serious crimes. However, they are also often very vulnerable, with complex needs, and require significant levels of support to enable them to positive,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders: Location (13 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Youth Custody Service (YCS) does not hold central figures which break down whether children under their care were born in England. Any child sentenced in England or Wales would be held in an English or Welsh establishment. The criminal justice system of Scotland is devolved to the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice does not hold any information about children born in...


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