Results 21–40 of 630 for speaker:Sarah Dines

Written Answers — Home Office: Sexual Offences: Exploitation (13 Nov 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government is fully committed to protecting victims from, and tackling, the devastating harm associated with adult sexual exploitation. Adult sexual exploitation can occur across a spectrum of offending, from intimate partner violence, including domestic abuse and rape and sexual violence to serious and organised crime, including human trafficking. These offences are covered under a range...

Written Answers — Home Office: Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner (13 Nov 2023)

Sarah Dines: The remit of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) is set out in the 2015 Modern Slavery Act. In line with what is detailed in the Act, the role of the IASC will be to encourage good practice in:the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of slavery and human trafficking offences; andthe identification of victims of those offences. We look forward to working with IASC,...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Question (25 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: Since April 2019, the Windrush Compensation Scheme has paid over £67 million in compensation. The Scheme has reduced the time to allocate a claim for a substantive casework consideration, following completion of eligibility checks and a Preliminary Assessment, from 18 months to under 5 months. The Home Office continues to listen to feedback from stakeholders and the communities and make...

Written Answers — Home Office: Artificial Intelligence: Offences against Children (25 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government remains firmly committed to tackling all forms of child sexual abuse online and in our communities across the UK and internationally. Our approach is underpinned by the Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy which sets out firm commitments to drive action across the whole system. The law in the UK is very clear with regards to production of child sexual abuse material. It is an...

Written Answers — Home Office: Forced Marriage Unit (24 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government is committed to tackling forced marriage in all its forms. The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is jointly managed by the Home Office and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The FMU has assisted thousands of forced marriage victims and delivered training to over 5,000 professionals in the last three years. There are currently no plans for an audit of FMU, but its...

Written Answers — Home Office: Missing Persons (24 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Home Office provides funding to police forces through the Police Settlement, and the allocation of funding within forces is an operational matter for Chief Constables. For this reason, it is not possible to disaggregate funding which is spent specifically on missing people. The Home Office also provides funding to Missing People, a charity which plays a unique safeguarding role with...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Office: Publication of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement (DLME) interim annual strategy 2023-24 (24 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: Alongside my Honourable friend the Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business, I am publishing today the Labour Market Enforcement Annual Strategy for 2023-24, submitted by the DLME Margaret Beels OBE. The Strategy will be available on GOV.UK The Director of Labour Market Enforcement’s role was created by the Immigration Act 2016 to bring better focus and strategic co-ordination...

Written Answers — Home Office: Young Offenders: Northern Ireland (23 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: Policing, including the response to physical abuse, is a devolved matter for consideration by the Northern Ireland Executive. We are open to discussions with the Police Service of Northern Ireland to share knowledge on tackling physical abuse amongst young people.

Written Answers — Home Office: Forced Marriage: Children (23 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government is committed to tackling forced marriage. On 27 February 2023, we brought into force legislation which raised the minimum age of marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales to 18, and expanded the offence of forced marriage so it is illegal to do anything to cause a child to marry before they turn 18, even if coercion is not used. The joint Home Office and Foreign,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Antisemitism (23 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government is clear that all forms of hate crime, including antisemitic hate crime, are completely unacceptable. We expect the police fully to investigate these abhorrent offences and make sure those who commit them feel the full force of the law. In March 2023, the Home Secretary, announced the continuation of the Jewish Community Protective Security Grant and increased funding for...

Written Answers — Home Office: Hate Crime: Transgender People (23 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government is clear that all forms of hate crime - including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime - are completely unacceptable. We have a robust legislative framework in place and expect the police fully to investigate these abhorrent offences and make sure those who commit them feel the full force of the law. Whilst part of the increase in transgender hate crime may be due to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Crimes of Violence: Eritrea (23 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: Public sexual harassment is an appalling crime, and the Government has already taken significant action to tackle it. We have ensured that new guidance was published for police and prosecutors on existing offences, have provided £120 million through the Safer Streets and Safety of Women at Night Funds to make our streets safer, have created the new SafeStreet tool which allows people to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Vetting (19 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: As the Minister for Safeguarding, I meet with the Chairman of the Disclosure and Barring Service to discuss performance. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a service standard to issue 80% of Enhanced checks within 14 days. Its performance remains consistently strong against this service standard as can be seen for the 2022-23 reporting year and first quarter of 2023-24 DBS dataset...

Hate Crime Against the LGBT+ Community (18 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Cummins. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) for securing this debate. It was abundantly clear throughout his remarks that this subject is of significance to him. He relayed his thoughts and personal experiences and, like those of other Members who have contributed to the debate, they were...

Hate Crime Against the LGBT+ Community (18 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: I will carry on a little and then give way. A lot of specific questions were raised, and I want to answer them. I will then give way. The UK has a proud history of protecting and promoting LGBT rights and the Government are committed to preserving that record. We are clear that victims of hate crime should be supported and the cowards who commit those hateful attacks should be brought to...

Hate Crime Against the LGBT+ Community (18 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: I want to go on to the issue of conversion practices, if I may; I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s patience. The Government have made it clear that conversion practices are abhorrent and have no place in our society. We are grateful to those who have responded to our consultation, which was very wide and well thought-out, and my ministerial colleagues will set out further details on...

Hate Crime Against the LGBT+ Community (18 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: As a junior Minister, I have learned that “very soon” is quite an interesting phrase. All I can say is that hopefully we will have some news very soon.

Hate Crime Against the LGBT+ Community (18 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: I will address one or two of the points made by the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth. He asked whether the Government will end the disparity between the different forms of hate crime, and I know he feels strongly about this issue. It is something that the Law Commission has considered in its recent report. We are considering that further and, again, will have more details shortly....

Hate Crime Against the LGBT+ Community (18 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: I want to mention and praise the work of the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth on the HIV action plan. We have announced an ambitious target to end new HIV cases by 2030, which represents a lot of work done by the defence community and the UK armed forces. A lot of work has been done there. I have mentioned the ban on conversion therapy, to which we are committed and which was raised...

Hate Crime Against the LGBT+ Community (18 Oct 2023)

Sarah Dines: I just want to make this point: more people are coming forward, which is good news that I welcome. More people are reporting this sort of crime. [Interruption.]


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