Results 61–80 of 630 for speaker:Sarah Dines

Written Answers — Home Office: Rape (20 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: In April 2022 the Home Office issued guidance to police forces in England and Wales to seek to bring greater consistency to the recording of specific protected characteristics of victims of crime. In doing so, we have followed the approach used in the 2021 Census for England and Wales which will enable meaningful comparisons with the general population and inform the policy and operational...

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Vivastreet (19 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: Pursuant to answers 72950 and 87795, Ministers have not held discussions with adult services websites. The purpose of Home Office officials and law enforcement meetings with adult services websites is to raise awareness of the risks of online sexual exploitation and the steps companies can take to minimise criminality on their platforms.

Written Answers — Home Office: Stalking: Court Orders (18 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: We will publish the number of stalking protection orders issued in England and Wales in 2022 in due course.

Written Answers — Home Office: Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner (18 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: The role of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) as set out in the 2015 Modern Slavery Act is to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of slavery and human trafficking offences and the identification of victims. The Home Secretary recognises the importance of the IASC and had launched a new open competition to recruit for this role on the 23...

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking (17 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: Stakeholder engagement is a normal and routine part of the government business across officials and Ministers. These engagements are not centrally recorded.

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: Exploitation (17 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Home Office provided a grant of £10,000 in 2020/21 to fund a 3-month campaign targeted at UK-located sex buyers and those using adult service websites. The intention of the campaign was to increase their understanding of how adult service websites are used by offenders to advertise victims of sexual exploitation. The campaign provided informative messaging on how to spot indicators,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrants: Domestic Abuse (17 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Support for Migrant Victims Scheme pilot ran for 12 months from April 2021 to March 2022, during which time 425 victims were supported. The pilot and independent evaluation by Behavioural Insights Ltd aimed to ensure that we built a robust evidence base to inform any future policy decisions. The Home Office is considering the findings of the Support for Migrant Victims Scheme pilot...

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (17 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Secretary of State for Education has been clear she is very concerned about reports of inappropriate materials being used to teach relationships and sex education (RSHE). The Government has brought forward the review of the RSHE statutory guidance as a result, including conducting a public consultation as soon as possible. The statutory guidance clearly states that the guidance will...

Metropolitan Police: Stephen Lawrence Murder Investigation — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I am pleased to see the Public Gallery so full. I am particularly pleased to see Baroness Lawrence here. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Eltham (Clive Efford) for securing the debate. As was abundantly clear throughout his remarks, this is a subject of particular significance for him and his constituents. I appreciate the...

Metropolitan Police: Stephen Lawrence Murder Investigation — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I look forward to the work that Baroness Casey outlined in terms of having more confidence in the Met police. It is right that such work is done, that there is a little time given to do that work, and that we must expect progress. I will try to respond to all the recommendations put forward by the hon. Member for Edmonton. In relation to scrutiny, I am aware that members of the Lawrence...

Metropolitan Police: Stephen Lawrence Murder Investigation — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: Very briefly. There is a lot to get through and I need to respond to everything everyone said.

Metropolitan Police: Stephen Lawrence Murder Investigation — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I am grateful for that intervention. I will pass that message on to the Home Secretary and the Policing Minister. On police culture, I disagree with one thing that the hon. Member for Croydon Central (Sarah Jones) said, which was that the Home Secretary was not leading enough in her role—I think “standing back” was the phrase that the hon. Member used. That has not been my experience...

Metropolitan Police: Stephen Lawrence Murder Investigation — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I will ask the Policing Minister to write to the hon. Member about that. We have only two minutes left, and I want to leave a minute for the Member in charge to wind up. I offer my thanks to the hon. Member for Eltham for securing this debate. I am acutely conscious of the significance of the case not only for the Lawrence family, but for the Britain that I want to see and for Britain’s...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Asylum: Equality (12 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: Everybody has a protected characteristic. In supporting individuals and where it is required, we have an obligation to provide accommodation which is adequate to their needs, which may or may not be on account of protected characteristics. Accommodation providers are required to take account of specific requirements from individuals who have specific characteristics including sexual and...

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I thank the hon. Lady for those comments. I am afraid that I do not accept that the work has been piecemeal. This is a sea change in how the model is being operated. I have done some research, my civil servants have done some research, and I have spoken to the academics and the people who meet victims all the time. There is no other country in the world, that I can find, that has a similar...

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend; I know she does great work in this area. I too have been thoroughly impressed at my many meetings with Sarah Crew. She really is a breath of fresh air and I put a lot of hope in the way that she has managed to roll out new ideas about how to police this area. Of course these are heinous crimes and very special offences. In relation to the Metropolitan...

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I thank the right hon. Lady for her incisive questions. I suggest that the issue is about specialism, rather than specialist units. All police forces have different operational ways of working. She will recall the evidence of Sarah Crew, who said that there is no quick fix for each particular force. She said that every force must look closely at the way they are operating. However, specialism...

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: I agree with my hon. Friend. The case of Colin Pitchfork is dreadful, and I am very aware that the Ministry of Justice are working hard on that. Recently, my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor said that he expected more work to be done in this space. I commend my hon. Friend for the hard work that he does in his constituency and nationally in this area.

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: As far as I have been instructed, the inspector will be looking at that. The Casey review made for very sobering reading. It is paramount that public trust in the Met is restored, and we have to work hard on that. The Home Secretary has made it very clear that standards must and will improve in the Met as a matter of urgency. She, like me, will continue to hold the commissioner and the Mayor...

Rape and Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice Response (10 Jul 2023)

Sarah Dines: My hon. Friend makes one of the most important points so far this afternoon. The shame and blaming must change: we need to treat rape sensitively and focus a little more on the aggressor—the alleged rapist—to ensure that there is more fairness and justice in investigations. That has been lacking. The Government were clear about that when they apologised recently for the way that this...


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