Results 141–160 of 983 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

Independent Office for Police Conduct - Question (16 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as I understand it, Lady Brittan has received an apology from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police; again, I extend my sympathy to her for the events to which she and indeed her late husband were subjected. The IOPC is an independent body, which takes its decisions independently from the Government and from the police. I cannot and will not comment on the way in which the...

Independent Office for Police Conduct - Question (16 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as regards injustice, as I have previously said, the commissioner has apologised both to Lady Brittan and to Lord Brammall. On the shortcomings of the IOPC, we agree that there is room for further progress. The Home Secretary has raised concerns about the IOPC’s performance, and in October 2019 she formally requested a report on the IOPC’s plans to increase efficiency and...

Independent Office for Police Conduct - Question (16 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, there is indeed a difference between pre and post charge. The Government believe that, in principle and in general, there should be a right to anonymity pre charge in respect of all offences. But—it is an important but—there will be exceptional circumstances where there are legitimate policing reasons for naming a suspect, such as an imminent threat to life. The guidance in this...

Independent Office for Police Conduct - Question (16 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, so far as the Mail’s investigations are concerned, I would make three points. First, the message must go out that if you deliberately lie about sexual abuse, you will go to prison for a long time—in this case, 18 years. Secondly, as the noble Lord said, people make mistakes. The MPS made mistakes, it has learned, it needed to learn, and it is continuing to learn. Thirdly,...

Independent Office for Police Conduct - Question (16 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, in her letter to the Home Secretary dated 15 February 2021, the commissioner set out that the MPS will follow the College of Policing media approved professional practice, which I set out to the House a few moments ago. Whether a breach of that is a disciplinary matter must be a matter for the police and for the IOPC.

Independent Office for Police Conduct - Question (16 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The noble Lord raises a critical point. Both my department and the CPS are focused on ensuring that we improve the number of rape allegations which come to court, where there is sufficient evidence to do so, and that the conviction rate improves as well. That is a huge amount of work and outside the ambit of a particular answer, but he will know that the Government are particularly focused on...

Independent Office for Police Conduct - Question (16 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, one must have a balance. If you are going to investigate the police, you need some people in your organisation who have the skill set to know how the police operate. The figures are these. Overall, 23% of IOPC staff are former police officers—that is 28% in operations. However, first, they do not investigate their former force; and secondly, most senior decision-makers are not...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Derelict Land: Prosecutions (18 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The maximum penalty under section 216 of The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is a fine. The Government takes the recovery and enforcement of all financial impositions very seriously and remains committed to ensuring impositions are paid. The courts will do everything within their powers to trace those who do not pay and use a variety of means to ensure the recovery of criminal fines and...

Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve (18 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the instrument before us prevents enforcement agents—bailiffs—attending residential premises in England to execute a writ or warrant of possession, except in the most serious circumstances. The House will be familiar with the structure and content of the instrument. Although I will deal with the content of the instrument in due course, I want to begin with its duration, because...

Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve (18 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I fear that the somewhat innocuous title of these regulations ought to have a health warning below it along the lines of “Light blue touchpaper and stand well back” because some of the speeches have taken us far and wide. Let me start with some of the central points. The noble Lord, Lord Hain, said that we live in a police state. We do not. We live in a state with police. I...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Protection from Eviction Act 1977: Prosecutions (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The Ministry of Justice holds data on prosecutions and outcomes for offences regarding harassment and unlawful eviction under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 in England and Wales, up to the year ending December 2019. The following are the offences that were considered:Unlawful eviction of occupierUnlawful harassment of occupier Figures can be found on the tables below. Table 1a:...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Body Searches (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The national policy on the searching of prisoners, staff and visitors (PSI 07/2016 – Searching of the Person) is currently under review and a revised version is intended to be published later this year. The updated policy will include direction on transgender staff conducting searches. This will account for staff with or without a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). In reviewing the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Interim Management Orders (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: HM Courts & Tribunal Services understands the reference to “interim management orders” to be interim Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs). The First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) does not make interim EDMOs. Local authorities make interim EDMOs and seek authorisation by the Tribunal. The Tribunal has a number of EDMO-related jurisdictions. The table below shows the total number...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Body Searches (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The national policy on the searching of prisoners, staff and visitors (PSI 07/2016 – Searching of the Person) is currently under review and a revised version is intended to be published later this year. In reviewing the policy, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has consulted with the Government’s Legal Department and HMPPS Equalities Team. The new policy will be...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Body Searches (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The national policy on the searching of prisoners, staff and visitors (PSI 07/2016 – Searching of the Person) is currently under review and a revised version is intended to be published later this year. The updated policy will include direction on transgender staff conducting searches. This will encompass staff with or without a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). This policy allows for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Administrative Law Independent Review (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The Government published the report of the Independent Review of Administrative Law on 18 March. At the same time, it published its response to the report in the form of a consultation document seeking views on a range of proposals for reforming Judicial Review.

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, protecting prisoners and their mental health and well-being has been our priority throughout the pandemic. We know that necessary health measures have come at a cost to other work, and we continue to support prisoners with their rehabilitation through vital family contact, education, work and exercise. We have learned lessons from the first wave; we have reduced inter-prison...

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, first, I pay tribute to the work the chaplaincy organisation does. Chaplains from all faiths do important work in our prisons. They have been there during the pandemic, and that is much appreciated. So far as vaccination is concerned, we follow the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s recommendations on priority groups. Prisons have now been given permission to...

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I do not want to repeat what has been said, but on vaccinations we are following the approach of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which we consider appropriate. The action we have taken in prisons has meant that the number of deaths seen in them is significantly lower than the approximately 2,700 deaths modelled by Public Health England last spring. There is...

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I assure the House that everything that can be done within the appropriate prison regimes, given the prevalence of the pandemic, will be done. Releases are a different situation; we monitor them against the prevailing pandemic issues.


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