Results 141–160 of 1071 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I accept there are particular risks with people on remand, and with those who have just come into or been recalled to custody. We do focus on those particular groups. However, I point out that, although they were all men, as the noble and right reverend Lord said, that is because there were no self-inflicted deaths of women in custody that year. Historically, we have had female...

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, my noble friend is right and we do want to do that. We also want to do two other things: to increase videoconferencing, so to speak, between prisoners and their families, as we found during the pandemic that it has been very successful; and to make sure that trials come on more quickly, so that people are on remand for a shorter time. That is why, next year, we are planning to hold...

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we are aware of that extremely important point. As we set out in the Prisons Strategy White Paper at the end of last year, we have committed to delivering 290 ligature-resistant cells, the architecture of which prevents prisoners hanging themselves. That is in addition to the other interventions about which I have already spoken.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I do not recognise the phrase “staff shortages” when put in context. Between the end of October 2016 and the end of December last year, the number of prison officers increased from just under 18,000 to over 22,000. That is about 4,000 additional full-time equivalent officers.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we have discussed IPP prisoners on several occasions. I acknowledge the work the noble and learned Lord has been doing in this area. As he knows, the Justice Select Committee has been looking at this issue. I have already committed to reviewing the position as soon as we receive its report.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, prison chaplains do a lot of very good work. They are astute at looking out for signs of prisoners who are at greater risk of self-inflicted harm, but that is something that prison officers are doing as well. We have put in place a strategy to identify on a prisoner-by-prisoner basis those who are at higher risk, and we focus more on them.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am sure the Prisons Minister will be familiar with the document; I confess that I am not. However, with respect, it is not right to say that the number of self-harming incidents has gone up. In the female estate, it is right to say that the rate of self-harm is higher than it was pre-pandemic; in the male estate, it is lower. Therefore, one has to look at the figures carefully.

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, without getting into the statistics too much, comparing the 12 months to September 2021 with the 12 months to September 2019—post and pre pandemic—it is 23% higher. On the female estate, which is quite small, we acknowledge that female prisoners are overwhelmingly those who have had significant problems in their lives pre prison, and they are therefore a particularly vulnerable...

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the figures are perhaps connected in this way: we want to make sure that we have as few self-inflicted harm incidents as possible and as few assaults on staff as possible. On staff, we have rolled out body-worn video cameras and we have better drug testing coming into prisons. But I and the Government are far from laid back about the current situation; we want to get these figures...

Prisons: Death Statistics - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, prison officers go through rigorous training and are given significant support. We have put in place a system whereby prison officers who are working with particular prisoners who are perceived to be at risk of self-harm have time in their schedules to sit down and focus on those prisoners. As opposed to having to fit this in among their other tasks, particular time is set in their...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In 2014, the Government published a consultation paper and response assessing the potential merits of provision for non-religious belief marriages. This concluded that the matter was complex, and that by allowing Humanists to solemnise marriages in unrestricted locations, the Government would create a provision for Humanists that would not be available to all groups. To ensure we are...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In 2014, the Government published a consultation paper and response assessing the potential merits of provision for non-religious belief marriages. This concluded that the matter was complex, and that by allowing Humanists to solemnise marriages in unrestricted locations, the Government would create a provision for Humanists that would not be available to all groups. To ensure we are...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probate (28 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The administration of probate applications is dealt with as a national service, covering England and Wales. Average waiting times for probate grants, from July 2019 to September 2021, are published on gov.uk via Family Court Statistics Quarterly (Table 25): https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/family-court-stati stics-quarterly Information for the period up to December 2021 will be...

Coroners (Determination of Suicide) Bill [HL] - Third Reading: Motion (25 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I too have no wish to delay the House but, like the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, I also thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans for highlighting this important issue and enabling us to have the time in the House today. I thank him for giving me his time earlier in the week. With all respect to other meetings which I had during the week, that was one which...

Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Bill - Second Reading (25 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Sater for introducing this important Bill today, and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, for his contribution to this short debate. As the only non-magistrate speaking in this debate, I will say that it has been a pleasure working with my noble friend on this issue. I am grateful for the broad support from the Labour Benches. The...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Community Orders (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The number of UPW hours delivered in the last five years are:April 2016 to March 2017: 5,582,445April 2017 to March 2018: 5,382,173April 2018 to March 2019: 5,310,526April 2019 to March 2020: 4,868,990April 2020 to March 2021: 1,356,061 The figures for April 2020 – March 2021 evidence a decline in unpaid work delivery resulting from the pandemic and the need to comply with public health...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Females (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The requested data on use of force incidents is available for the 12 month periods ending March 2019 to March 2021. This is detailed in the attached Excel spreadsheet. Every use of physical force is reviewed, and prison officers receive appropriate training to ensure that it is only used when necessary, reasonable and proportionate. HL6864_table (xlsx, 18.0KB)

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Telephones (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I refer the right reverend Prelate to the answer given to PQ HL5474 on 1 February 2022 and HL5473 on 1 February 2022.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Females (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: These figures are routinely published as part of the OMSQ Prison Population Data Tool (published as part of Offender Management Statistics Quarterly): https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/offender-managemen t-statistics-quarterly. As of 31 December 2021 (latest available published data), the population of each female prison, split by requested age categories, was as follows: Prison...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Females (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The reason for the difference between figures provided in the response to HL5530 and table 5.1a of the Female Offender Strategy supporting data tables is a change in methodology. The figures provided in table 5.1a were calculated using travelling distance (i.e. the distance of a road journey between 2 destinations). From 2019, the methodology used to extract information on prisoners’...


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