Results 1–20 of 698 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lucy Frazer

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: MOJ Staff on Low Pay: Wages and Conditions (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the staff of the MOJ on, and thank them for, all the important work they do across a number of spheres. The MOJ continues to pay the statutory national living wage or above to all its staff.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: MOJ Staff on Low Pay: Wages and Conditions (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: Obviously, I cannot comment on DFID, but I can comment on the MOJ. We pay a significant number of our employees the real living wage. As at 1 December last year, only 1,791 of more than 22,000 employees within the MOJ and its agencies, excluding Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, were paid below the real living wage. In HMPPS, only 540 out of more than 47,000 direct employees...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: MOJ Staff on Low Pay: Wages and Conditions (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: My hon. Friend makes an important point. We are of course recruiting more prison officers. Enjoying one’s work is not just about pay, and the reward strategy in prisons is about officers working closely with their prison governors to ensure that they have an opportunity to develop in work and get the most out of their work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: MOJ Staff on Low Pay: Wages and Conditions (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: We believe it is important that systems work and that outcomes are effective. The contracts focus on ensuring that the right outcomes are achieved, not on the number of people who work under them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: UK Legal System (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: With the European Union (Withdrawal) Act having now received Royal Assent, we are ensuring that this country’s statute book will operate effectively after we leave the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: UK Legal System (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The Ministry of Justice is doing a number of things to improve innovation. In the courts themselves, we have a £1 billion programme that is digitalising our court services and bringing them up to date. We are also ensuring that our legal services sector continues to thrive and prosper globally. Only yesterday, we had the first meeting of the law tech panel, which is supported by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: UK Legal System (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The hon. and learned Lady makes an important point, because we have distinct legal systems in Scotland and in England and Wales, and we must recognise that. Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Clancy from the Law Society of Scotland to discuss a number of issues relating to Scotland. My officials meet regularly with their counterparts in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: UK Legal System (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The Prime Minister has made it clear that the ECJ will no longer have direct jurisdiction in this country. Where we continue to operate common rules, it will of course be appropriate that this country can look to the ECJ jurisprudence to decide the way forward.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I would be very grateful if the right hon. Gentleman could write to us. We are in the middle of a £1 billion court programme, which includes a number of things, such as technology and improving other services such as family rooms, where people can spend time with their families. We are looking at a number of things that I am very happy to talk to him about.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: At the Ministry of Justice, we are very much working to ensure that we get the best, and the right, deal for our country, but like all competent Departments, we are also working to ensure that if there is no deal, we are ready for it. We have £17.3 million extra from the Treasury to look into this and ensure that we have the right Brexit scenario.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right that the family drug and alcohol courts do great work. The fact that the Tavistock and Portman Trust is not going forward with the programme will not affect any of the existing courts. It is disappointing that the trust has chosen not to continue with the programme, and we will continue to look at the provision of this important service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I have already set out the figures in relation to pay, and I think the hon. Lady will find that they are not at 5%.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The hon. Lady makes an important point, and she will be aware that we are looking at the question of the small number of bailiffs who are not acting appropriately. I would be very happy to meet her and the family.

Business of the House: Court Closures: Calderdale (21 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I am grateful for the opportunity to respond to this debate. I know that the hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) is very interested in this issue and has campaigned hard for her constituents. I am aware of how hard she campaigned against the original closure of the courts in Halifax on the basis of travel times and lack of access to justice. I was aware that, as she said, she met the chief...

Business of the House: Court Closures: Calderdale (21 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: Before I turn to the particular instances that affect the hon. Lady’s Halifax constituency, it is important to make a number of broad points about access to justice and the courts estate. In every sector, digitalisation is improving access to services, including to public services. Technology has reformed the way that we live our lives and made many processes more efficient. In such...

Medicinal Cannabis: Upskirting (18 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I am very pleased to have this opportunity to respond to the urgent question asked by the hon. Member for Bath (Wera Hobhouse) because she and Gina Martin have campaigned tirelessly for upskirting to become a criminal offence. I am delighted to have met both of them on a number of occasions to discuss how we can progress this important legislation, and to have worked with them to support the...

Medicinal Cannabis: Upskirting (18 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I thank the hon. Lady for her comments and I agree with the Prime Minister that upskirting should be an offence and should be prosecuted; having spoken to Gina, I understand the humiliation it causes. Our priority is that it should become an offence as soon as possible. We will introduce the Bill on Thursday. I understand that it has considerable support across the House, and I welcome that...

Medicinal Cannabis: Upskirting (18 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: My right hon. Friend makes some important points and I know that the Women and Equalities Committee, which she chairs, does an immense amount of work ensuring that women can take their place in society and are protected. A number of issues could be raised. There is clearly a gap in the law when it comes to one of them, but it can be put on the statute book quickly and easily. We are ensuring...

Medicinal Cannabis: Upskirting (18 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The Government have a priority: to ensure that this legislation gets on to the statute book as soon as possible. On the Government side of the House, we are not bothered about the vehicle for that; the public are not concerned about that. The priority is to ensure that the legislation goes on to the statute book. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) recognised, the...

Medicinal Cannabis: Upskirting (18 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I agree with my hon. Friend. I have not heard one Government Member say that they think that as a matter of principle this issue should not become law. I agree that this very important proposed legislation needs to be put through Parliament.


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