Results 1–20 of 298 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Burgon

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Richard Burgon: I would like to begin by congratulating the Chair of the Justice Committee, the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill), and all the other members of the Committee on all their work and on securing today’s debate. I previously served on the Committee, and it was a most valuable experience. The Committee has repeatedly shone a spotlight on the ongoing crisis affecting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (5 Dec 2017)

Richard Burgon: We have heard from the Law Society and the president of the Supreme Court on early legal help, which Labour’s manifesto also backs. My hon. Friends have asked questions about this and the Minister has said that the evidence is not there. I want to help the Minister, so will he show today that he is not driven purely by ideology and agree to a simple thing: to commission independent...

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

Richard Burgon: One in four prisons have seen a reduction in the number of prison officers over the past year, including a quarter of prisons the Government label as being of concern, so given their so-called recruitment drive, will the Secretary of State guarantee today that no prison, apart from those planned for closure, will have fewer staff at the end of the year than they did at the beginning?

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

Richard Burgon: I have repeatedly asked the Secretary of State how many staff have been axed since probation was privatised, and I have repeatedly been refused an answer. It is now being reported in the press that there was a 20% cut in the number of probation staff in the privatised community rehabilitation companies between 2015 and 2016. Can he confirm that CRC staff have been cut by a fifth?

Sentencing (2 Nov 2017)

Richard Burgon: I welcome the opportunity to discuss this matter today and I thank the Justice Secretary for sharing his statement with me in the past hour. This matter has been given greater prominence over the past decade due to rulings that found the UK to be in breach of its international human rights obligations. As the House is aware, prisoners serving a custodial sentence do not have any right to vote...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Community Sentences: Reoffending (31 Oct 2017)

Richard Burgon: I think the whole House will agree that community sentences function only when magistrates have trust in the people supervising them. Last year, thousands of community sentences were served in London alone. Will the Secretary of State therefore commit today to an urgent independent review of the performance of the London company responsible for supervising many of these community sentences in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Community Sentences: Reoffending (31 Oct 2017)

Richard Burgon: I hear the Secretary of State’s reassurances about the delivery of community sentences by the so-called CRCs, but for us to be absolutely sure about this, I argue that we need to know the advice that the Minister has had about the failure of the CRCs. The “Panorama” documentary revealed an in-house MOJ paper warning of the risks of handing much of the supervision of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Governors (31 Oct 2017)

Richard Burgon: Governors cite the outsourcing of facilities management, maintenance and repairs as something that undermines their ability to manage important elements within their prisons. Labour has announced a review, working with prison governors, to identify private service contracts that can be brought back in-house to save the taxpayer money and, at the same time, improve prison conditions. Will the...

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...


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