Results 141–160 of 630 for speaker:Sarah Dines

Written Answers — Home Office: Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry ( 3 May 2023)

Sarah Dines: Child sexual abuse is a horrific crime which has no place in our society. The final report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse constitutes an important milestone in our efforts to tackle this crime. The work of the Inquiry over the past seven years has shone a light on the institutional failings of the past and given a voice to victims. The Final Report provides truly shocking...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Office: Independent Review of the Police-led Management of Registered Sex Offenders (27 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Home Office has today published a report outlining the findings and recommendations from the Independent Review of the Police’s Management of Registered Sex Offenders (‘the Review’) carried out by former Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Mick Creedon. Sexual offences are devastating crimes that can leave a long-lasting impact on victims. The UK already has one of the...

Antisocial Behaviour in Town Centres — [Esther McVey in the Chair] (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McVey. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Keighley (Robbie Moore) for securing the debate. He knows, as we all do, that these issues matter to a great many of our constituents in all parts of the country. Antisocial behaviour is a menace that must be reckoned with. It causes untold distress, concern, frustration and fear. It ruins...

Antisocial Behaviour in Town Centres — [Esther McVey in the Chair] (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: I will make a little more progress first. Antisocial behaviour is not low level or minor, and I do not accept the characterisation that the Government view it as somehow petty. That is an unfortunate narrative. I am sure that we all agree that antisocial behaviour is very impactful on people’s everyday lives. We need to attack it head-on. In relation to the police uplift, today’s debate...

Antisocial Behaviour in Town Centres — [Esther McVey in the Chair] (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: I am certainly willing to do that. Anecdotally, there are similar issues in my constituency of Derbyshire Dales, and I have written to the Transport Secretary myself in that regard. There are pilots, and I think there is a consideration as to whether there should be more. The Government’s action plan outlines a radical new approach and is split across four key areas. There will be stronger...

Written Answers — Home Office: Sexual Offences: Prosecutions (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: The UK has some of the toughest powers in the world to deal with sex offenders and those who pose a risk, and we are committed to ensuring that the system is as robust as it can be. Data on the number of convictions for breaches of the notification requirements for registered sex offenders is published by the Ministry of Justice in the Multi-Agency Public Protection arrangements (MAPPA)...

Women and Equalities: Harassment and Violence against Women and Girls (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: Tackling violence against women and girls is an important Government priority. We are supporting the Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill of my right hon. Friend the Member for Tunbridge Wells (Greg Clark), which will make public sexual harassment a specific offence. We also provided more than £160,000 of funding last year to the National Stalking Helpline, run by the Suzy...

Women and Equalities: Harassment and Violence against Women and Girls (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: The hon. Lady is right to highlight the work of the Northumbria police and crime commissioner. We have provided £3.6 million to the safer streets fund and the safety of women at night fund. I was surprised to read that one in six adults—not only women and girls but men and boys—has been stalked. That is horrendous. The Government are funding projects in that area through substantial...

Women and Equalities: Harassment and Violence against Women and Girls (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: My right hon. Friend knows that this issue is the responsibility of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, which leads the Government’s support for human rights, particularly matters pertaining to women. This Government, through the Home Office and the FCDO, do a lot to promote women’s rights. It is important that political systems in other countries are able to protect those...

Women and Equalities: Harassment and Violence against Women and Girls (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Government are looking carefully and speaking to stakeholders about spiking. There are adequate criminal offences for this sort of behaviour, and we have had some quite high-profile convictions. However, the hon. Lady is right to highlight the issue. The Government will review it. Specific funding has been given, and there is better testing. Evidence is important, but we need to get women...

Women and Equalities: Casey Review (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Casey review made for sobering reading about deeply disturbing allegations of racism, misogyny and homophobia in the Met. The Home Secretary and the Prime Minister have been clear that urgent improvements must be delivered. I have confidence that the Met Commissioner is leading in this area. I have also met Dame Lynne Owens, who is doing great work. We want to see improvement and we must...

Women and Equalities: Casey Review (26 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: Workplaces and the public must be safe, but I have confidence that work is going on, across the whole country but particularly in the Met, to ensure that racism is not accepted. Unfortunately, the Mayor has taken his eye off the ball; under him, crime, including issues of racism, rose by 10%. The Labour party is weak on crime and it is this Government who are holding the Met to account.

Written Answers — Home Office: Spiking (25 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Home Office is leading the cross-government approach to understanding and tackling spiking in England and Wales. In 2021, the then Home Secretary asked the National Police Chief's Council to urgently review and coordinate the national policing response to spiking. Since then: Spiking has been incorporated into the Government's communications campaign to tackle violence against women and...

Written Answers — Home Office: Domestic Abuse (25 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: Domestic abuse is a horrific crime and improving the response to domestic abuse is a key priority. As highlighted in the Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan 2022, we want to make it easier for victims to ask for help and report crimes. It is important that victims know domestic abuse will be taken seriously. Significant progress has been made by the National Police Chiefs Council and College of...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Office: The Government’s response to recommendation 8 of the Law Commission’s review of hate crime laws (25 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: I am pleased to announce the Government’s formal response to recommendation 8 of the Law Commission’s review of hate crime laws, which was published in December 2021. This review considered whether additional protected characteristics, including sex or gender, should be added to hate crime laws. Section 72 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act 2022 requires the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Offences against Children (24 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: Our understanding of the child sexual abuse threat is based on police data, including recorded crime data, and is informed by independent reviews into offending in local areas and wider research. In 2020 the Government published a paper on the characteristics of group-based child exploitation offenders setting out the best evidence on how they operate, ethnicity, age, offender networks, the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Domestic Abuse: Solihull (24 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: Domestic abuse is intolerable and sometimes fatal, yet it is far too common. It is high volume, high harm, and high cost. Our Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan published in March 2022 invests £140 million to support victims, including over £47 million in ringfenced funding for victims’ services over three years (up to 2025). Following a commitment in the plan, the Home Office is also...

Written Answers — Home Office: Body Searches: Children (24 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: The Children’s Commissioners report raises several concerns which the Home Office is taking seriously. We are considering all recommendations made for the Home Office, including amendments to the PACE Codes of Practice. The IOPC are actively investigating several instances of children being strip-searched. Whilst we await their findings and recommendations, we are reviewing whether...

Fishing Industry: Visas for Foreign Workers (20 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for this question. I know this is a topic of significant interest to many in the House. Ordinarily, the Immigration Minister would respond, but he is on an operational visit this morning. It has been the long-standing position of this and previous Governments that foreign nationals coming to work in the UK, be that on land or on our waters, should...

Fishing Industry: Visas for Foreign Workers (20 Apr 2023)

Sarah Dines: I do not accept that this is a betrayal of the industry. There has been much discussion in this area, and a generous package is imminent to bring the fishing industry in line with other industries. Allusions to the agriculture industry—a seasonal, low-skilled industry—are not apposite because fishermen are highly skilled and should apply through the usual routes. The wind farm system is...


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