Results 161–180 of 2238 for speaker:Alex Chalk

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Administration of Justice: Racial Discrimination (8 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: In the Female Offender Strategy, we committed to looking at how the of distinct needs minority ethnic and non-British national women in the criminal justice system can be addressed. This includes: establishing the Female Offender Minority Ethnic Working Group (FOME) to identify ways of improving outcomes for ethnic minority and non-British national women; taking forward findings from user...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release (8 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: For children and young people leaving custody, it is vital for accommodation to be arranged sufficiently in advance of their release date and we are implementing a range of measures to improve the timeliness of accommodation provision. The Youth Custody Service is reforming resettlement planning in the four public sector Young Offender Institutions to ensure that planning begins at the start...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody (8 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: On average 10 children transfer to secure hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 Part III from the youth secure estate each year. Of these, most transfer in a timely way, however there are a small number of cases where the child either has a complicated presentation that requires an extended assessment period, or where the child does not fit the criteria for admission and/or detention....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (8 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: A Law Commission project on marriage and civil partnership is due to report later this year and is expected to present recommendations for wholesale reform to the law governing marriage ceremonies, which the Government will consider carefully. Options being explored by the Law Commission as part of their review include offering couples greater flexibility over the form of their ceremony,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: LGBT People (8 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service policy framework 'The Care and Management of Individuals who are Transgender' was published in 2019. A routine review of the implementation and effectiveness of this policy is underway. The review will involve consultation with a range of internal and external stakeholders. This review is entirely independent of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody (8 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Youth Custody Service (YCS) is working in partnership with HM Prison and Probation Service colleagues to develop a national transitions pathway that will ensure more efficient and timely transfers for all young people being transitioned to the young adult estate. This will be underpinned by a transitions policy framework to bring consistency and alignment in the approach taken across the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Gender Recognition (8 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service operational policy framework 'The Care and Management of Individuals who are Transgender' was published in 2019. A routine review of the implementation of this framework is underway. The stakeholders to be consulted as part of this review will be finalised in due course and will include a range of internal and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Age (7 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Government in principle supports raising the legal age of marriage to 18 years of age by removing the ability to marry at age 16 or 17 with parental consent. We will do so when a suitable legislative opportunity arises. In that context, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill was introduced by the hon. member for Bromsgrove on 16 June as a Private Members’ Bill. The hon....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Detention Centres and Prisons: Crime (6 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The ‘Crime in Prison Tracker’ method of recording crime in the prison estate, launched shortly before the pandemic, was temporarily suspended in 2020. Whilst prisons have not been required to upload all data using the dedicated tool, they were asked to keep a record of the number of referrals made to the Police and whether the referrals were accepted or referred back to the prison to be...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Coroners: Reform (6 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice does not plan to consult on the proposed reforms to the coronial system but the measures will be contained in a forthcoming Bill which will be available to all members of the House. Additionally, three of the proposed reforms have been included in successive Chief Coroner’s Annual Reports to the Lord Chancellor which have been laid in Parliament advising that these...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (6 Jul 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: Probation: Wales (6 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: I, and my officials, have regular discussions with the Welsh Government on all areas of MoJ business. Officials in HMPPS Wales have a close working relationship with their counterparts in the Welsh Government and work with them through a mixture of regular and ad hoc meetings on operational and policy issues. During the pandemic normal performance metrics have been suspended as the Probation...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: Finance (6 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: We understand that investment in the probation service is vital to reduce caseloads for our staff, ensure more consistent management and delivery of sentence plans and deliver effective behaviour change interventions and services to reduce reoffending and protect the public. This is why in 2021/22, we are investing an additional £155 million to strengthen the workforce, which includes...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: Standards (6 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: We have demonstrated our commitment to deliver an effective probation service despite significant challenges over the past years. Throughout the pandemic, the Probation Service has prioritised public protection and risk management, as well as delivery of advice to courts, whilst ensuring staff, people on probation and victims remain safe. Exceptional Delivery Models, which set out how we...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Self-harm and Suicide (6 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: Monitoring of delivery of key work during Covid-19 recovery is undertaken by Prison Governors, Prison Group Directors and Prison Executive Directors and through internal audit functions. Independent scrutiny visits are also carried out by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, which then publishes its findings. We are committed to ensuring that key work is reinstated fully across the male closed estate...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Holme House Prison: Drugs (5 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Drug Recovery Prison (DRP) at HMP Holme House is jointly run and funded by the MoJ/HMPPS and NHS England/Improvement (the body responsible for overseeing NHS trusts and independent healthcare providers). The DRP aims to create a whole prison approach to tackle the supply of drugs into prison, together with creating an environment where prisoners have access to the full range of health...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Drugs: Misuse (5 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: The government responded to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs’ (ACMD) report on Custody to Community Transitions in October 2019. The MoJ is working closely with key departments across government to tackle the misuse of drugs. We are keen to align this work with any recommendations stemming from Part two of Dame Carol Black’s review, which is due for publication shortly. This...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Civil Partnerships: Impact Assessments (2 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: On 30 June, a time limited statutory instrument was laid to amend the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005. This follows a commitment made in 2019 to accelerate plans to allow civil weddings and civil partnerships to be held outside through secondary legislation. The change took effect on 1 July and gives more options to couples and the sector in terms of how...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (2 Jul 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: Prisons: Wales (1 Jul 2021)

Alex Chalk: We publish the number of deaths in prison custody in England and Wales as part of the Safety in Custody quarterly statistics available in the deaths data tool at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/safety-in-custody- statistics


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