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Upcoming Business – Lords: Grand Committee (8 Feb 2022)

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2022 – Lord Stewart of Dirleton. Orders and regulations; 3:45 pm

Rape Trials - Question (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the rape review action plan has committed to transforming the criminal justice system to tackle systemic failures on rape. In that, we demonstrate our commitment to transparency and public accountability throughout. Our aims are to improve victims’ experience of the criminal justice system, to increase the numbers of victims who stay engaged in the process and to build better and...

Rape Trials - Question (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I acknowledge the data that the noble Lord has placed before the House. I suggest that it is not so much a matter of imposing targets as one of following through on the Government’s approach, which will see an increase in spending over the lifetime of this Parliament and involve more special training for police officers and prosecutors in this area. Finally, although, as I have...

Rape Trials - Question (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I can give the noble Lord that assurance. I remind the House that, of course, as the noble Lord is well aware, we are dealing not simply with the role of government but with necessarily independent bodies, upon which our constitution relies—it relies on the independence of the judiciary and of prosecutors—but I can give the noble Lord the assurance that he seeks.

Rape Trials - Question (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, this Government are indeed serious about addressing the matters that the noble Baroness has placed before the House. I am able to give the noble Baroness some assurances in relation to figures. We are on track to recruit a further 20,000 police officers by the end of this Parliament. Over 100 prosecutors have undertaken induction training on rape and serious sexual offences—RASSO...

Rape Trials - Question (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the expression “misogyny”, and the extent, meaning and parameters of that expression, are currently under consideration. Beyond that I do not intend to provide any further answer.

Rape Trials - Question (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I can tell the House that there is work currently under way by the Law Commission to address misconceptions in this field. The expression often used is “rape myths”, although I am not sure that I am especially fond of that. I think “misconceptions” better addresses and refers to the topic raised by the noble Lord.

Rape Trials - Question (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the noble Lord makes an extremely important point. In relation to the end-to-end review and action plan, which the Government have published, we have set up a means by which people coming forward with complaints of rape can be confident that they will receive mobile telephones, so they will not be deprived of their use or their contacts and data. At the same time, we will be doing...

Rape Trials - Question (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The culture of the police is an extremely broad topic. I regret if I seemed to have ducked the point raised by the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, but these are extremely wide issues, which lie beyond the remit of my ability to answer today.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Crown Prosecution Service: Police (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The Government has committed to publish quarterly criminal justice scorecards which bring together data from across the system on key areas of performance including police referrals. This will allow us to identify problem areas and take a cross-system response to dips in performance. We have a number of measures to monitor different aspects of police referrals to the CPS so that we can...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Rape: Prosecutions (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The stark drop in the number of cases that have gone before a jury in recent years means too few victims are seeing justice. Closing the gap between reports of rape and prosecutions is an absolute priority for this Government. The CPS are undertaking extensive work to drive up and improve prosecutions through the Joint National RASSO Action Plan with the police, RASSO 2025, and the Operation...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Euro 2020: Prosecutions (23 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: No central data is kept that would identify how many cases have been brought to court specifically relating to charges made at England Euro 2020 matches. To obtain this information would require a manual review of CPS case files which would come at a disproportionate cost.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: More than once, even today, this House has emphasised the importance of moving forward on the basis of evidence. The Government’s view is that it is appropriate to complete the consultation proceedings, interrogate them and decide how best to move forward.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, notwithstanding the fact that we are in the season of Advent, approaching Christmas, I am not prepared to argue on the basis of what is naughty and what is nice, or what is nasty and what is nice.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: What I mean simply is that the noble Baroness, doubtless with the best possible intention, is using simplistic language to categorise the Government’s legislative approach, which language I do not accept. On the subject of the holistic approach—if I may put it like that—which was urged upon us by the noble Lord, Lord German, and the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, it is indeed important...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, this amendment seeks to reduce releases on a Friday, or on days before bank holidays, including releases of persons whose release falls on a non-working day, by creating a power for the Minister to establish a pilot scheme via secondary legislation that would grant prison governors the discretion to release earlier in the week, where that would be helpful for the prisoner’s...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The point is not simply to equiparate the example of Scotland; the point is to emphasise the complexities which underlie the matter. I will expand upon that in the rest of my answer. We recognise that a high number of releases take place on a Friday. We accept that this can create challenges in some cases when it comes to prisoners accessing services, support in the community and finding...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Arrests (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: There are a number of different legal provisions that provide a maximum period for the charging of a suspect in England and Wales, but those periods do not usually run from arrest and they only apply in certain cases. In other cases, there is no set time limit from arrest to charge but the courts do have the power to stop a case as an abuse of process if there has been such delay as to make...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Prosecutions (1 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the dates of arrest for suspects in cases submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision. This information could only be obtained by an examination of CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 292P (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, just at the very moment when the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, was admonishing the Government for wagging their finger at this Committee of your Lordships’ House for seeking to impose upon it that it should finish this evening, a message popped up on my phone saying that there is to be no dinner break tonight. Lest that be taken as a sign of this...


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