Results 1–20 of 434 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Lucy Frazer

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Registered Intermediaries (19 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: Demand for Registered Intermediaries remains high. Between February and April 2018 1,065 referrals were received which is a 2% increase on the same period in 2017. The strong demand has led to further recruitment activity to increase capacity in the Witness Intermediary Scheme.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Hate Crime (19 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: Hate crime is despicable and has no place in British society. The Government has repeatedly taken action to reduce hate crime, increase reporting and improve support for victims including through the 2016 Hate Crime Action Plan. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 already offers enhanced sentences powers for any offence which is racially or religiously aggravated, or where the offender...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Hate Crime: Sentencing (19 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: Sections 29 to 32 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 create specific racially or religiously aggravated offences based on offences of wounding, assault, damage, harassment and threatening/abusive behaviour. The average custodial sentence length in months for a) these specific racially or religiously aggravated offences, and b) their non-aggravated counterparts in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014, (iii)...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Discharges (19 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Trade Unions (19 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: As part of the consultation conducted earlier this year we encouraged anyone with an interest, including Departmental Trade Unions and staff, to respond so that their views could be carefully considered. We are currently in the process of analysing those responses and we will announce the outcome in due course. HM Courts & Tribunals Service officials engage with Departmental Trade...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Oakhill Secure Training Centre (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The performance of the secure training centre is measured against the requirements of the contract. These include: accommodating trainees in a safe environment within secure conditions; maintaining high standards of care, control, good order and discipline; providing trainees with decent living conditions and meeting their other needs; providing a positive regime; and helping trainees prepare...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I refer the honourable member to the answer to PQs 137608-10, given on 27 April 2018. Prison officer staffing levels are not set centrally, but are determined by each prison governor. Prison officer numbers are at their highest in five years, which is vital to ensuring prisons are safe, secure and decent. Nearly ninety per cent of our additional 3,111 prison officers are due to be on...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: HM Courts and Tribunals Service (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: HMCTS has in the last six months hosted a series of events focused on engaging the legal profession on the wider courts and tribunals reform programme. The event on 24 May 2018 was held at the London headquarters of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In line with previous events, HMCTS used a range of communication channels to issue an invitation to legal professionals to register their interest...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Secure Training Centres (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: Suppliers must pass the Selection Questionnaire which assures the MoJ that they meet certain legal requirements and financial thresholds. Suppliers who pass that stage are then assessed on the criteria set out in the tender documents, which will be relevant and proportionate to the procurement and may include such elements as service elements; operational resources; estates management; ICT...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Standards (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: For Question 150748, please see our response to 148963. Special Measures is an internal operational process undertaken by HM Prisons and Probation Service to provide additional support to prisons to improve performance. This process allows prisons to access wider support from available national resources. Data on the performance of prisons is published on and the next set of annual...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I welcome this report and share PCS’s commitment to improving rehabilitation and reducing recidivism in prisons. We look forward to ongoing work with HMPPS’s National Trade Union Side on this critical issue. Since An Alternative Vision for Prisons was published we have launched the Education and Employment Strategy on 24th of May 2018, which sets out the government’s...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: Expenditure on ‘Legal Help’ and ‘Controlled Legal Representation’, which pays for legal advice covering the initial stages of a civil case, is shown below for each financial year from 2009 onwards (based upon the year the applicable claims were remunerated). A more detailed breakdown of this information can be found in the National Statistics on Legal aid in England...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Voyeurism (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: My department have received representations from a range of stakeholders to make upskirting a specific criminal offence and have met with campaigners to discuss their concerns. I share their determination to ensure that the intrusive practice of up-skirting is tackled robustly and that is why I am pleased to confirm that, following detailed review of the law by my department, the Government...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Knives: Crime (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: Pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2018 to Question 141740, the number of a) immediate custodial sentences and b) suspended sentences handed down by the courts in England and Wales in 2017, broken down by the selected offences of possession of an article with a blade or point, or threatening with an article with a blade or point, can be viewed in the table. Table (Excel SpreadSheet,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Terrorism: Prisoners' Release (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The response given to question 141739 is inaccurate, for which I apologise. There were two prisoners convicted of terrorist-related offences who were released on temporary licence (ROTL) during 2015 to 2017. One was released in 2015, the other was released in both 2016 and in 2017. Records indicate both prisoners are British. Public protection is our priority. All offenders must meet strict...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Werrington Young Offender Institution (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: Discipline procedures are central to the maintenance of a safe, decent and rehabilitative custodial environment. They require adjudications to be conducted lawfully, fairly and justly. Only Independent Adjudicators, who are District Judges or Deputy District Judges can, in cases deemed to be sufficiently serious, make an award of additional days. All prisoners have a full opportunity to hear...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Gov Facility Services: Billing (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The Ministry of Justice has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Offenders: Females (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The Government remains committed to addressing the issues around female offending so we can better protect the public and deliver more effective rehabilitation. Considering how we can best address the needs of female offenders, to improve outcomes for them, their families and their communities, is a complex issue that we want to get right. We are working hard to develop a Female Offender...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Tribunals: Costs (15 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The information requested is not held centrally. The cost of personal independence payment hearings is included in the overall cost of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support Appeal).

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Indictable Offences (14 Jun 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The Prisons and Courts Bill, which was introduced in the last Parliament but fell when the General Election was called, included a measure removing the need for defendants charged with indictable-only offences to appear before a magistrates’ court simply to be told that they were being sent to the Crown Court to be tried. Instead, the Bill would have allowed such defendants to be...

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