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Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am more than aware of this problem, because we debated it both in Committee and on Report for legislation which was going through this House. It is a real issue, and particularly for prisons which are in more disparate parts of the country where it can take people longer to travel back to where they originally came from. Prison governors are aware of this. The figures—which I do...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the noble Baroness is absolutely right, but we have seen a significant reduction in the number of women prisoners in the past three to four years. There will always be some women in prison, but the figures have gone down significantly. In addition, as we are talking about housing, four of the housing specialists that we have put into prisons are specifically in women’s prisons, so...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, this is obviously a very important issue. We have tried to join up the dots between the Prison Service and the NHS. The problem in the past was that women left prison, and the NHS did not know about them; the Prison Service had, so to speak, passed them on to nobody. The GP is the best way in which to access mental health support, in particular, in the community. Therefore, we are...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, integrated support is absolutely key—I agree with the noble Lord on that. We have done a number of things; we have set up a scheme to offer 12 weeks’ accommodation to prison leavers with support to move to settled housing and, by 2024-25, we will be investing £200 million per year to transform our approach to rehabilitation. But of course we need to be held to account on this,...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I disagree with the noble Lord only on one point, when he said that prison chaplains can play an important role for prisoners, including in rehabilitation. I think that underestimates the point; I would say that prison chaplains can play a crucial and fundamental role in prison life, in and outside prison. As to smaller faiths, maybe I should declare my interest, because I agree.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Unpaid Fines: Debts Written Off (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) does all that it can to ensure that defendants pay what they owe, and that justice is delivered. However, in very limited circumstances HMCTS will administratively cancel the outstanding balance. The scenarios in which this can happen are severely restricted, and, in the event that the defendant’s circumstances change, the balance can be written back...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The below table provides the number of committals to prison for non-payment of financial penalties imposed by the criminal courts. We are not able to say how many of these were made specifically in relation to fines. Sentenced* admissions into prison – for non-payment of financial penalties 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 398 257 163 125 63 * Sentenced admissions provide a count...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The table provided below shows the number of cases heard in the magistrates’ court that resulted in a specific code to signal that an Attendance Centre Order (ACO) had been made in default of a financial penalty imposed by the criminal courts. It is possible that further ACOs were made that did not utilise this code. In respect of the data provided we are not able to say how many of these...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In 2016/17, 590,649 warrants of control (previously referred to as distress warrants) were issued in respect of financial penalties imposed by the criminal courts. Verifiable centralised records do not exist beyond this date and it would incur disproportionate costs to answer this question.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Central data does not exist in respect of the total number of Deduction from Benefit Orders issued in respect of financial penalties imposed by the criminal courts. It would incur disproportionate costs to answer this question.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Central data does not exist in respect of the total number of Attachments of Earnings Orders issued in respect of financial penalties imposed by the criminal courts. It would incur disproportionate costs to answer this question.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Job Centres and Prisons: Cameras (18 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: 1) DWP have one Hikvision camera across DWP jobcentres. DWP have no Dahua cameras in any jobcentres. 2) MoJ does not disclose details of our prison security defence capability, including our use of CCTV, for reasons of operational security.

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, our plan is more work for criminal barristers at higher fees. We have made radical proposals for wholesale reform of legal aid, provided £150 million more on fees and £20 million more for longer-term reform, and increased sitting days so that the Crown Court can get through more trials. The combined effect of our plans will take expected criminal legal aid spending to £1.2...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, it did not take the threat of a strike from the Criminal Bar Association for us to respond to Sir Christopher Bellamy’s report, but I hope that our responding in a way which has drawn broad welcome from the Bar Council, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives will mean that the Criminal Bar Association will withdraw its utterly ill-thought-out and unfounded...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, solicitors need a higher rights of audience certificate to appear in the higher courts. We are in discussions to ensure that this system is working well. However, as part of our response to Sir Christopher Bellamy’s report, we are looking at opening up more opportunities for legal executives to do more work in the courts, particularly in the higher courts. That would also improve...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we think that these changes will be a systemic change in legal aid: 3.5 million more people will be eligible for legal aid in magistrates’ courts and 2 million more people will be eligible for civil legal aid. We think that will help the Bar generally. Our other plans—for example, having more online hearings—mean that barristers are not spending money on travel and that a...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The noble and learned Lord is absolutely right. We do look at the cost of travel for barristers. As I have just said, we hope that increased online hearings will mean that travel costs are essentially reduced to zero, with more money therefore going into barristers’ pockets. That is something that we are looking at. We have constant discussions with the judiciary on that. Ultimately,...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as a barrister-politician, I now know where I stand in public esteem. The noble Baroness is right. One of the issues has been that there has not been a means-test review in civil legal aid, for example, for a long time. While we are not proposing to review it annually, we will keep it under review to ensure that the general package keeps in line with where public pay is and where...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the letter from my noble and learned friend Lord Keen was sent at the conclusion of the parliamentary process for the divorce Act. In the intervening two years, we have prioritised the implementation of the fundamental reforms of that Act, which will commence on 6 April. Following that commencement, we will consider how best to proceed with the commitment in that letter, and we...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I do not make any apology for the mediation voucher scheme; it is important to encourage mediation in family law, as indeed across the civil justice system more generally. However, we have committed to exploring the financial provision aspects of divorce after the Act comes into effect. I cannot give the noble Baroness a timetable, but I assure her that we will look at this as a...


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