Results 141–160 of 5422 for speaker:Charles Clarke

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Department: Control Order Judgment (24 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: The administrative court handed down its judgment on 12 April 2006 in the first review of a control order under section 3(10) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (the 2005 Act). The court upheld the control order, but declared that the review procedure was incompatible with article 6 (Right to a Fair Hearing) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). I do not accept this...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: With permission, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I should like to make a statement about further measures that the Government intend to take to protect the public from dangerous offenders. In my statement on 28 February, following the publication of the report by the chief inspector of probation on the appalling murder of John Monckton, I made it clear that, although we have already made improvements to...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: The right hon. Gentleman started well by saying that he welcomed the proposal and wished to be constructive about it. His allegations are demeaning and misleading. Let us go through the points in detail. The right hon. Gentleman's first allegation was that the announcement was some sort of initiative to catch the headlines, rather than a substantive measure to address the issue. As I said in...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I agree with my hon. Friend's final point and pay tribute to the way in which he has taken up that appalling case in his constituency. I have listened carefully to his comments, which are based on what he has learned from the community that he represents. We need better sentencing regimes, which we have established, and we need the courts to carry them through. We also need proper risk...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his broad welcome for our proposals. I appreciate his constructive approach, and I shall deal with his points in the order in which he raised them. I have said that I will publish proposals on the violent offender order before the summer because I want precisely to evaluate the way in which the sex offender regime has worked and to examine any good points. I...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: The answer is that such judgments are very difficult, but existing mental health legislation allows us to make them in some cases. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health will introduce carefully prepared legislation on that matter later this year, and I hope that it will provide the protection mentioned by my hon. Friend. The 2003 Act contains a power to detain indefinitely...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: The short answer to that question is yes. However, I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has acknowledged that a number of measures are required. We must ensure that the current procedures are carried out properly. As the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (David Davis) rightly said about the Monckton murder, there is clear evidence in that case and, I think, the Mary-Ann Leneghan case...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I can certainly give my hon. Friend the assurance that I will consider the question carefully. I go beyond that to say that he is right that the continuity of approach between prisons and probation in an end-to-end offender management system is absolutely essential and that that requires the person-institution relationship to be very close. He has made the case in this House and elsewhere, as...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I find myself in the utterly extraordinary position of agreeing with absolutely every word that the right hon. and learned Gentleman says. He is right to say that dealing with addiction and rehabilitation—particularly as regards drugs but also in other areas—is critically important; that is why such provision has been dramatically expanded. He is also right to make the link to employment....

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's support. She is of course right to say that risk can never be completely eliminated. It is important to say that, because some people seem to believe that it is ultimately possible to do so. It is necessary to minimise risk, however, and that is what our proposals do by putting in not only resources, but advocating change and reform to the way that we do...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I do not think that the figure is as high as 90 per cent., but I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman has given me the chance to answer the question. There are two issues: first, face-to-face interviews with probation officers as people leave prison; and secondly, face-to-face interviews by the Parole Board as it makes its decisions about what to do. It is our policy to ensure face-to-face...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I am surprised by the hon. Gentleman's last remark, because it is not true. The Chancellor made it clear in his Budget statement that during the next comprehensive spending review, the Home Office budget would maintain a zero real-terms position. That was a good settlement that reflects the needs of public expenditure as opposed to the existing service. The hon. Gentleman is wrong to say that...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: First, I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman's support in principle. Secondly, I am not going to comment on specific cases, but I know that the Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (Mr. Hanson), and his Department are looking carefully at the case that he mentions, taking account of the opinions that he expressed about it in the context of my...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: In principle, the hon. Gentleman is correct. However, the practicality is a matter of concern, which the Secretary of State for Health, other colleagues and I are discussing carefully to ascertain how we can improve matters. The relationship has not always been as smooth as it needs to be, as the hon. Gentleman said. We are considering how we can deal with such issues more profoundly in the...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I do not agree with that assessment.

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: As I said earlier, the statement is not about home detention curfew arrangements, though I note that the Opposition supported those proposals when the House first considered them. However, the statement is about protecting the population from dangerous offenders. I believe that we are strengthening that protection, and we shall continue to do so.

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: The short answer is yes, they would. That is why we have the most substantial programme of drug rehabilitation in our history. It includes a massive expansion of treatment to an extent that was not thought of under the Conservative Government, and a regime of requirement by law, which we have changed, for people to have drug rehabilitation treatment. We are not there yet, but we are making...

Public Protection (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I am grateful for that general support, if that was what it was. I repeat the comments that I made to the hon. Member for East Londonderry (Mr. Campbell): I am keen to work with hon. Members on the matter, in conjunction with my Northern Ireland colleagues. We need a regime that is as consistent as possible and we shall discuss that constructively.

Written Answers — Home Department: Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (20 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Commissioner of the Metropolis is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the force. I have passed your question to him and asked him to respond to you directly. I will arrange for a copy of the reply to be placed in the House Library.

Written Answers — Home Department: Correspondence (19 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 10 April 2006.

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