Results 1–20 of 355 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Edward Argar

Gosport Independent Panel (21 Nov 2018)

Edward Argar: indicated assent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Female Offender Strategy (13 Nov 2018)

Edward Argar: Our female offender strategy, which was published in June, is clear that, while custody should always be an option when the severity of the crime justifies it, we wish to see fewer women sentenced to prison for short periods, and we set out a plan to deliver robust and effective alternatives to custody. Last week, the Secretary of State and I announced the allocation of the first tranche of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Female Offender Strategy (13 Nov 2018)

Edward Argar: The hon. Gentleman is right to highlight the report by Dr Abbott referred to in The Guardian, which I read about this morning. I reassure him that our key focus is ensuring that all prisoners, female and other, have access to the medical services they need.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend raises a very important issue. It is important that all prisoners are treated with respect, but it is also vital that the safety of all prisoners is prioritised. Detailed procedures are in place in Prison Service instruction 17/2016 to do that in respect of transgender prisoners. The offences at New Hall are very serious and we are looking at how those rules were applied in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2018)

Edward Argar: I was very sorry to hear about the circumstances that my hon. Friend has outlined. As he will know, we have announced a review of the scope, affordability, sustainability and rules of the criminal injuries compensation scheme, but I shall of course be happy to meet him to discuss the specifics of that case if he wishes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2018)

Edward Argar: The proposals in the female offenders strategy, which I look forward to working across the House in implementing, are clear in that they are giving the judiciary alternative routes to custody. We are working on the implementation of those proposals now, and I would be happy to meet the hon. Lady to talk about her specific views on this, if she wishes to do so.

Rail Review: Terms of Reference: Victims Strategy (11 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Victims Strategy. It is a pleasure to open today’s debate on the victims strategy, which is of importance to Members on both sides of the House and to our constituents. Today’s debate follows on from the launch of the first ever cross-Government victims strategy by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and myself on 10...

Rail Review: Terms of Reference: Victims Strategy (11 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I know that he has taken a consistent interest in that issue both as a Member and in his distinguished legal career prior to being elected to this place. He is right that this strategy is about providing support for the victims of crime, but ideally we must continue to focus on reducing the number of victims. This Government are very clear in the measures...

Rail Review: Terms of Reference: Victims Strategy (11 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend is right. In many aspects of the treatment of victims by the system, timeliness is hugely important. Although the operation of the scheme is a matter for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, his points about timeliness and pace are well made and noted. It is important that the review looks not only at the concerns regarding the eligibility rules of the scheme, but at...

Rail Review: Terms of Reference: Victims Strategy (11 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: We are developing the video link scheme, and one key factor of its development is to ensure that the technology is robust and does the job. That is why we are taking our time to ensure that we get this right and that prosecutors, defendants and judges have confidence in that technology. The scheme will be rolled out to more courts in fairly short order, but the real factor behind the time we...

Rail Review: Terms of Reference: Victims Strategy (11 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend is right, and at all stages of the process it is important to minimise additional distress to victims. I understand that judges, quite rightly, control and manage their own court rooms, and they have the power—if they believe it appropriate—to proceed without the defendant being present. That is a matter of judicial discretion, and I have confidence that our world-class...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sport and Recidivism (9 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: I recognise the value of sport and physical activity for the physical and mental health benefits they bring, and for the role that they can play in encouraging positive behaviours among offenders. That is one of the main reasons that the Ministry of Justice commissioned Professor Rosie Meek’s review of sport in prisons, which published its recommendations this summer and to which I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sport and Recidivism (9 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. John McAvoy’s story is an important one, and he helped to play an important role in promoting sport in our custodial estate. On my recent visit to HMYOI Wetherby, its impressive governor Andrew Dickinson set out the work that he is doing with local sports clubs such as Leeds Rhinos to provide important role models in that institution. Sport and programmes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sport and Recidivism (9 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point about the ageing population in our prisons. The approach that we have adopted—which was set out in Professor Rosie Meek’s report—is designed to provide sport and physical education opportunities for all those in our custodial institutions, regardless of gender or age.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sport and Recidivism (9 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend raises an important point; she has done a lot of work in this area and more broadly around mental health. Sport can play a significant role in addressing mental health issues in prison, but so too can arts, education and others approaches, as she highlights. If she feels that it would be useful, I would be happy to meet her to discuss further her visit and what she took away...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sport and Recidivism (9 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: The right hon. Gentleman is right to highlight again the importance of sport. The report published by Professor Meek in the summer, of which we have accepted 53 of the 54 recommendations, sets out a clear direction of travel—that is, alongside education and developing skills, and provisions for mental and physical health, sport plays a key role for prisoners in the rehabilitative...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Experience for Victims and Witnesses (9 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: On 10 September, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I published the first ever cross-Government victims strategy, reflecting the Government’s clear commitment to further support victims of crime. Central to the strategy are commitments to strengthen the victims code and develop legislation to underpin it, to continue ongoing work to improve the court environment, as the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Experience for Victims and Witnesses (9 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend takes a close interest in this area. I can entirely understand the impact on a victim of having to relive a crime multiple times. That is why the victim’s personal statement is hugely important. One of the measures that we are putting in place is the use of body-worn cameras to record the statement, which should help to reduce the number of times it needs to be made....

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Experience for Victims and Witnesses (9 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: With regard to litigants in person—I am conscious that you might wish me to keep this answer short, Mr Speaker—we already spend well over £6 million supporting them, and we continue to look carefully at how they can continue to be supported.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: School Exclusion (9 Oct 2018)

Edward Argar: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight this issue: 23% of those given short custodial sentences were previously excluded from school. I have not personally met the Secretary of State for Education to this discuss this matter, but I have corresponded with the Minister with responsibility for schools on exactly this issue. I regularly meet the Under-Secretary of State for the Department for...


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