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Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I was just about to come to that point. I have heard what the noble and learned Lord has said. We will certainly consider what data we can publish that would go towards meeting that point. I would be happy to drop the noble and learned Lord a note on that. We have to think about how this new data fits in the with the current data sets, and we need to publish things in an accessible...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 19 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am sorry but one of the problems of doing this online is that, when the system freezes, you do not have any notes.

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 19 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Keep taking the tablets, my Lords. When we last debated these clauses, a number of noble Lords, including the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, invited and urged me to meet Inquest. I am grateful for that urging, because I had a very productive and informative discussion with it last week on the measures in the Bill and some wider measures. In fact, Justice also attended the meeting. While it...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, for putting down these amendments which, as he says, are probing amendments. I am also grateful to him for his time in discussing all of these points, I think, in a number of meetings we have had. What I will seek to do—and I hope the House will forgive me if I do not go into too much detail—is respond to them point by...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I think that is correct, but let me write to the noble Lord on that point. My understanding is that the indicated plea of guilty cannot be used against them. I appreciate the noble Lord’s point is slightly different. I think the answer to it is yes, but I will write to him so that he is in possession of accurate information before the Bill comes back to this House. He will get a written...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 5 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, a Cart judicial review is a challenge of a decision of the Upper Tribunal to refuse permission to appeal a First-tier Tribunal decision. A Cart judicial review therefore gives the losing party another—or yet another—chance to challenge a decision to refuse permission to appeal, this time by way of judicial review to the High Court, which then opens a further route to the Court...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I begin by wishing the noble Lord, Lord Anderson, well and the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, a safe trip home. This clause aims to reform remedies on quashing orders in judicial review proceedings so that more flexibility is available to the courts. As my noble friend Lord Faulks noted in Committee, the key for the Independent Review of Administrative Law was that there should be some...

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, every death in custody is a tragedy. Although in 2021 there were more self-inflicted deaths than in 2020, the number was the same as in 2019. The number of self-inflicted deaths in 2020, used in this Question as a benchmark, was in fact the lowest since 2012. However, each death is one too many. We continue to do everything we can to ensure and improve the safety of those in our care.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I accept there are particular risks with people on remand, and with those who have just come into or been recalled to custody. We do focus on those particular groups. However, I point out that, although they were all men, as the noble and right reverend Lord said, that is because there were no self-inflicted deaths of women in custody that year. Historically, we have had female...

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, my noble friend is right and we do want to do that. We also want to do two other things: to increase videoconferencing, so to speak, between prisoners and their families, as we found during the pandemic that it has been very successful; and to make sure that trials come on more quickly, so that people are on remand for a shorter time. That is why, next year, we are planning to hold...

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we are aware of that extremely important point. As we set out in the Prisons Strategy White Paper at the end of last year, we have committed to delivering 290 ligature-resistant cells, the architecture of which prevents prisoners hanging themselves. That is in addition to the other interventions about which I have already spoken.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I do not recognise the phrase “staff shortages” when put in context. Between the end of October 2016 and the end of December last year, the number of prison officers increased from just under 18,000 to over 22,000. That is about 4,000 additional full-time equivalent officers.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we have discussed IPP prisoners on several occasions. I acknowledge the work the noble and learned Lord has been doing in this area. As he knows, the Justice Select Committee has been looking at this issue. I have already committed to reviewing the position as soon as we receive its report.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, prison chaplains do a lot of very good work. They are astute at looking out for signs of prisoners who are at greater risk of self-inflicted harm, but that is something that prison officers are doing as well. We have put in place a strategy to identify on a prisoner-by-prisoner basis those who are at higher risk, and we focus more on them.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am sure the Prisons Minister will be familiar with the document; I confess that I am not. However, with respect, it is not right to say that the number of self-harming incidents has gone up. In the female estate, it is right to say that the rate of self-harm is higher than it was pre-pandemic; in the male estate, it is lower. Therefore, one has to look at the figures carefully.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, without getting into the statistics too much, comparing the 12 months to September 2021 with the 12 months to September 2019—post and pre pandemic—it is 23% higher. On the female estate, which is quite small, we acknowledge that female prisoners are overwhelmingly those who have had significant problems in their lives pre prison, and they are therefore a particularly vulnerable...

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the figures are perhaps connected in this way: we want to make sure that we have as few self-inflicted harm incidents as possible and as few assaults on staff as possible. On staff, we have rolled out body-worn video cameras and we have better drug testing coming into prisons. But I and the Government are far from laid back about the current situation; we want to get these figures...

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, prison officers go through rigorous training and are given significant support. We have put in place a system whereby prison officers who are working with particular prisoners who are perceived to be at risk of self-harm have time in their schedules to sit down and focus on those prisoners. As opposed to having to fit this in among their other tasks, particular time is set in their...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In 2014, the Government published a consultation paper and response assessing the potential merits of provision for non-religious belief marriages. This concluded that the matter was complex, and that by allowing Humanists to solemnise marriages in unrestricted locations, the Government would create a provision for Humanists that would not be available to all groups. To ensure we are...


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