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Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus (14 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Government's ability to return UK citizens who are abroad in the event of closure of UK borders.

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 104 - Sentences of detention during Her Majesty’s pleasure: review of minimum term (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: Obviously, delays are not particularly satisfactory for anybody, particularly in the criminal justice system. Long delays are not fair for victims, either, or for young people. As the maxim says, justice delayed is justice denied. Does my hon. Friend agree that the criminal justice system needs more investment so that things are speeded up and young people do not end up being sentenced as adults?

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 100 - Minimum sentences for particular offences (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend is making an excellent point. Judges know the case and the circumstances of it, so they are better placed to use their discretion, taking into account the particular set of circumstances, which we cannot know about when we are passing something that gives carte blanche on a particular sentence minimum.

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 77 - Giving a diversionary caution (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: The issue of fines disproport- ionately affects younger people, who may not have much money. That also needs to be taken into consideration when assessing the level of the fines.

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 86 - Giving a community caution (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: Again, on the impact on the black and minority ethnic community, I wonder what thoughts my hon. Friend has on the fact that this would appear on their record if they were to be served a community caution.

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Schedule 10 (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: On the issue of accepting a caution, if people think that it might lead to this being on the criminal record, they might be less inclined to accept a caution and might therefore take their chances by going to court. Does my hon. Friend think that it would potentially lead to more cases going to court if this matter stayed on the criminal record?

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 76 - Diversionary and community cautions (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: On the issue of deferred prosecutions, there is an excellent organisation in Lambeth called Juvenis that gets referrals from people in agreement with the police, via a panel. Those people are referred to Juvenis for help, and if they keep safe, prosecution does not follow. Is that not a good way to divert people from being criminalised and processed in the criminal justice system?

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 76 - Diversionary and community cautions (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: I am grateful to the Minister. On the issue of addressing the root of the offending in the first place, I am chair of the all-party parliamentary group on attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and people with ADHD are disproportionally represented in the prison population. That is partly because of screening—they are not screened early enough and are sometimes not aware that they have...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 76 - Diversionary and community cautions (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: Does my hon. Friend agree that the greater involvement of victims in the process, particularly for out-of-court disposals, is much better for reaching a satisfactory conclusion for everybody concerned?

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 76 - Diversionary and community cautions (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be better to use some of the money that will be spent on this change for more community policing and more youth services, which would actually make a difference in diverting young people from crime?

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 76 - Diversionary and community cautions (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: On that point, does my hon. Friend agree that more needs to be done to engage with the BAME community to ensure that those discrepancies do not occur in the future?

Napier Barracks Asylum Accommodation (10 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: I, too, wish you a very happy birthday, Mr Speaker. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) on securing this urgent question. The recent High Court judgment was a further shameful indictment of the Government’s approach to asylum accommodation. My right hon. Friend highlighted the failure of the Home Office to listen to the...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 67 - Courses offered as alternative to prosecution: fees etc (8 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: We support clause 67 and welcome that the charging regime for courses offered as an alternative to prosecution will be placed on a statutory footing. It makes a lot of sense that a course cannot be offered to repeat offenders, but I would like to ask the Minister a question about proposed new part 4B, section 91G, which states: “A fee may be set at a level that exceeds the cost of an...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 68 - Charges for removal, storage and disposal of vehicles (8 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: Clause 68 is described in the explanatory notes as being intended “to return to a statutory footing”

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 61 - Offence relating to residing on land without consent in or with a vehicle (8 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: As I have said, there are powers in place to deal with fly-tipping. Where people feel the need to secure certain sites, it is down to the local authority to deal with those issues. I am certainly not encouraging people to take the law into their own hands and deal with things in the ways they see fit. That would be the road to chaos. I have heard what the hon. Gentleman said, but I am not...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 61 - Offence relating to residing on land without consent in or with a vehicle (8 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: I entirely agree with the hon. Member’s comments. He is right: this measure is targeting a particular group for criminalisation, and that has to be totally wrong. As one respondent to the Petitions Committee’s survey on criminalisation of trespass put it: “The criminalisation of trespass will simply exacerbate an already fraught relationship. Travellers will still camp but there’ll be...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 61 - Offence relating to residing on land without consent in or with a vehicle (8 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: Civil remedies would still be available for people who engage in antisocial behaviour, fly-tipping and so on. All we would be doing is criminalising a particular group of people. In my view, the civil remedies would still be there and the cost to the council would still be there if proper facilities were not provided. To me, just criminalising a particular group of people is wrong. To...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 61 - Offence relating to residing on land without consent in or with a vehicle (8 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point, which is worthy of further discussion. I will run through a series of points the Minister for Crime and Policing made when responding to a Westminster Hall debate on this question. On concerns about the right to roam being threatened, he said the measures will not affect anyone who wants to enjoy the countryside for leisure purposes, but many...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Clause 61 - Offence relating to residing on land without consent in or with a vehicle (8 Jun 2021)

Bambos Charalambous: Again, my hon. Friend makes a very good point. We want to make sure that people are free to enjoy the beautiful countryside we are lucky to have in the UK without fear of being criminalised in such a way. Marc Willers QC went on to say: “That distress can be engendered or underpinned by the prejudice that Gypsies and Travellers face in our society today. It is a widespread and long-standing...


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