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Prisons Policy/HMP Long Lartin (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Burgon: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on prisons policy and the recent disturbance in Her Majesty’s Prison Long Lartin.

Prisons Policy/HMP Long Lartin (12 Oct 2017)

Richard Burgon: I thank the Minister for his remarks. It is unfortunate that the Secretary of State has more pressing problems than prison disturbances and the axing of Conservative manifesto prisons policy, which I shall come on to shortly. Last night’s disturbance at HMP Long Lartin marks another low point in the prisons policy of this Government. The House will no doubt recall the frightening scenes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Employment Tribunals: Rebates (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Burgon: I wrote to the Secretary of State back in July to call on him to issue a full and unequivocal apology to working people for deliberately and unlawfully blocking their access to justice through employment tribunal fees. Last week, I received a wholly inadequate reply, which I have here. Will the Minister apologise today for the suffering that this policy has caused hundreds of thousands of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers: Recruitment (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Burgon: The Minister is boasting about the number of prison officers who have been recruited this year, but the Ministry’s own figures show that 35 prisons—a third of the total—have suffered a fall in front-line officer numbers since January this year. Is this another example of what the former Director-General of the Prison Service now describes as Ministers “doing nothing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Burgon: This summer I was proud to sign up to the campaign launched by Gina Martin to change the law so that the disgraceful practice of so-called upskirting is made a specific sexual offence. So will the Minister finally join with us today in backing this call for a change in the law?

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Richard Burgon: Yesterday’s scathing report by the chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales represents a watershed moment in the national debate on our prisons. Prisons should be places not only of punishment but of rehabilitation. They should be making us all safer in the short run and in the longer term. I believe that the whole House will be alarmed by the chief inspector’s view that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Cammell Laird (25 Apr 2017)

Richard Burgon: GMB union research points towards state interference in the Cammell Laird industrial dispute, yet the picture remains incomplete because of withheld documents, as we have heard. That era of Conservative government is becoming defined by suspicion of institutional interference and state wrongdoing. We know the names: Hillsborough, Orgreave and Cammell Laird. If that interference is extended...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (25 Apr 2017)

Richard Burgon: Yesterday the Leader of the Opposition confirmed that a Labour Government would launch inquiries into blacklisting and Orgreave; the current Government have blocked all such efforts. Successive Conservative Justice Secretaries have also refused to release papers concerning the Shrewsbury 24. As her final act, will the Justice Secretary do the decent thing, review that decision, and release...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (25 Apr 2017)

Richard Burgon: According to the legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg, this is the Secretary of State’s very last Justice questions, so I will give her one last chance. In March, the Lord Chief Justice said that the Secretary of State was “completely and utterly wrong” to say that she could not speak up for the judiciary in the face of personal abuse. Will she finally admit that rather than...

Justice Committee (20 Apr 2017)

Richard Burgon: I should like to pay tribute to the Chair of the Select Committee, the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill), not only for his work on this report but for all his work as Chair of the Committee, of which I was briefly a member. Many of the Government’s plans for prison reform might not now reach fruition. Their much heralded Prisons and Courts Bill will fail. Does the...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: I start by echoing the Justice Secretary’s comments about the young prison officer Ryan Goodenough, who was attacked in Oakhill secure training centre last week. I pay tribute to all our prison officers, who do such a good job in such difficult circumstances. I thank the Secretary of State for telephoning me the evening before the Bill’s publication to discuss its contents, and...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: In Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) and others will look at ways of ensuring that we put the safety of our prison officers first, and on a par with the safety of police officers. Overcrowding, violence and failure to reform are all challenges that the Bill must confront and surmount. The Bill sets out proposals to modernise the way in which our courts and...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: I made it clear at the outset of my speech that we will not oppose the Bill on Second Reading. We welcome a number of the Bill’s measures, but the Government should go further. I hope that the Secretary of State will agree that reform should not come at the expense of access to justice, and if Lord Thomas, whom we all hold in high esteem, is saying that our system of justice has become...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: The number of whiplash claims in recent years has reduced—[Interruption.] In recent years it has. I should also point out that there is a duty upon insurers to defend claims and not to pay out when claims are fraudulent.

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: I thank my right hon. Friend for his intervention. Unfortunately, the Government have provided no cast-iron assurances that this saving will be passed on to drivers—if it exists at all.

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: I agree with the point that my hon. Friend so eloquently makes. Injured people should not be made to pay the price for the behaviour of the unscrupulous minority—the companies that engage in the practices she describes. The Secretary of State started her speech by explaining how the Bill introduces a statutory purpose for prisons to “protect the public…reform and...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: My hon. Friend puts it very well indeed. Evidence is required in court and in this place, and the evidence to back up some of the Government’s proposals is lacking. I will say more about this later, but there is a similar situation in respect of the review of employment tribunal fees. In effect, it says, “There is nothing to see here,” despite evidence showing that there has...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: Of course we have considered the White Paper but, as I said, we will be returning to these practical proposals in Committee as we attempt to improve the Bill. Did Ministers consider that the resettlement of prisoners might be a worthy aim to set out in the Bill? Too many prisoners leave prison without a home to go to, and that is a barrier to many things, including getting a job. It hampers...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: Fantastic work such as that of the Emmaus project helps not only to turn around the lives of inmates, but to protect society, because the majority of people who go into our prisons will come out and live next door to us. The project helps to give people a stake in society and to reduce reoffending, and the Government can learn much from it. Leaving prison without a home to go to creates a...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Richard Burgon: That programme is certainly worth while and welcome. I have been arguing that the Bill should refer specifically to such practice. We need to know more about what the Secretary of State’s overall responsibility for the statutory aims will mean in practice. Who will decide whether she is fulfilling her responsibility? We welcome the additional powers for the inspector of prisons, but the...


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