Results 1–20 of 443 for speaker:Edward Argar

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Coroners: South East (18 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: The Ministry of Justice does not have operational responsibility for the coroner service and only collects certain information from coroners, for example the number of deaths reported to them and the number of inquests and post-mortem examinations held. The Ministry does not collect information on the time taken for a body to be released to the family.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Public Appointments (14 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: The Government is committed to social mobility and we are committed to creating an organisation in which everybody can thrive. The Ministry of Justice does not currently hold data on the socio-economic background of staff appointed to senior positions but in line with the rest of the civil service is considering how best to implement the measures published in June...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Peers (14 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: We do not hold a central record of all those who hold roles, either paid or unpaid, who are members of the House of Lords

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Mobile Phones (14 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: No mobile phone applications have been developed by the MoJ in the last 3 years, and as a result there have been no development costs to the public purse.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Court of Protection (14 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: Data on timeliness of applications within the Court of Protection is not collected or held centrally within MOJ.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Buildings (14 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: Between 9 February and 9 March Dr Phillip Lee MP spent 8 days in the Ministry of Justice; David Gauke MP 12 days; Lucy Frazer MP 15 days and Rory Stewart MP 9 days. Lord Keen has a dual role as Advocate General for Scotland and MoJ spokesperson in the House of Lords, as such, he spent 4 days in the department on Ministry of Justice business. All ministers are required to split their...

Women and Equalities: Sexual Exploitation: Accommodation (13 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: The practice of offering sex for rent is unacceptable. It preys on vulnerable people who are seeking affordable accommodation and was, I believe, the subject of a recent “Inside Out West” programme. Such behaviour is already a criminal offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and the decision on whether to prosecute and for what offences rests entirely with the Crown...

Women and Equalities: Sexual Exploitation: Accommodation (13 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: The CAP code, which is the independent Advertising Standards Authority’s rulebook for non-broadcast advertising, including print and online, does not apply to classified adverts, but it does prohibit ads for illegal products and services. DCMS colleagues are working to ensure that technology companies meet their responsibilities of preventing their services from being used for criminal...

Women and Equalities: Sexual Exploitation: Accommodation (13 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: It is a pleasure to take a question from the hon. Lady, and she is right to highlight this despicable crime. As I have said, we believe that such practices are already against the law under the 2003 Act, and as I said to the hon. Member for Bath (Wera Hobhouse), I am happy to continue looking at what more we can do.

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (13 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: The hon. Lady has raised this matter with me on previous occasions, and I know that she will welcome what is in the victim strategy. She highlights an important issue. As she will be aware, in terms of tackling the publication of upskirting images and voyeurism online and via social media, the Law Commission is looking, as part of the DCMS-commissioned review into online abuse, into the...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (13 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: We have, through the media, statements in the House and, I hope, colleagues such as my hon. Friend, done everything we can thus far to make people aware of the strategy, but we will continue to promote it so that everyone is aware of what we are proposing and how it will help them.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Criminal Injuries Compensation (13 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: We are determined to make sure every victim gets the compensation to which they are entitled. The Justice Secretary announced, in the cross-government victims strategy published yesterday [on 10 September], a full review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to ensure it reflects the changing nature of crime and can better support victims. The review will consider how the Scheme might...

Criminal Justice System: Veterans — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) for securing the debate and for her typically thoughtful speech on an important issue. I am sorry that we have so little time today for it. I also pay tribute to all those who serve, or who have served, in Her Majesty’s armed forces, and to the families that support them. The British armed forces are the best in the world; it is...

Criminal Justice System: Veterans — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: My right hon. Friend makes a very important point. I pay tribute to him for his work when he was a Minister in the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice; if I recall correctly, he initiated the Care after Combat pilots, and I pay tribute to the work of that charity too. If I may, I will come on to that and the point about self-declaration shortly, because the hon. Lady made a...

Criminal Justice System: Veterans — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: I am grateful, as ever, for your sage guidance, Mr Hollobone. I am clear that more could be learned from the Endeavour unit and the particular focus placed on targeted work with veterans. I welcome the benefits of the day-to-day peer support that former service prisoners can share, but I am cautious we do not go too far in separating individuals from the mainstream prison regime and the work...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Addictions: Mental Capacity (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: The Mental Capacity Assessment requires a two-stage test of capacity. Stage 1. Is there an impairment of, or disturbance in the functioning of a person's mind or brain? This could be due to long-term conditions such as mental illness, dementia, or more temporary states such as confusion, unconsciousness, or the effects of drugs or alcohol and Stage 2. Is the impairment or disturbance...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Sports (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: Sport and physical activity in prison can help to build prisoner’s confidence, provide purposeful activity and support engagement with rehabilitation when prisoners are preparing for release. There are measures in place to monitor the effectiveness and participation levels of physical education (PE) across the prison estate, and the standards of sports and activities are monitored by...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Women's Centres (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: We are working with local and national partners to develop a pilot for ‘residential women’s centres’ in at least five sites across England and Wales. Over the next few months, we are undertaking an initial engagement process with stakeholders and potential providers and partners to refine the design and delivery model for the pilot. This will support our co-design approach...

Victims Strategy (10 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: I welcome much of the content and tone of the hon. Lady’s comments. I am sure she will be extremely pleased to see the reaffirmed commitment to the consultation on the legislation to underpin this. She said that it has taken three years for the Government to produce a strategy. Well, I have been the Minister for three months and I hope that she is encouraged that I have published the...

Victims Strategy (10 Sep 2018)

Edward Argar: Although I have the hugest respect for my right hon. Friend, I believe that this Government and previous Governments have a strong track record of supporting the victims of crime and that this strategy builds on that strong track record. As he will be aware, sentencing is a matter for our independent judiciary, and the Government always ensure that it has at its disposal a range of options to...


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