Results 161–180 of 1071 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Child Contact Centres (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Whilst the Government has no overall responsibility for funding child contact centre provision, we are supportive of the work of the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) and have provided grant funding since 2013. The formal process of awarding any grant to NACCC from April 2022 has not yet been completed, so we are unable to confirm the amount and period for any future grant.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: This information is not readily available. To answer the question, a manual check would be needed of each instance of an offender serving an imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence on licence being recalled to custody, where the reason given includes further charges (approximately 1,900). This could be completed only at disproportionate cost. An offender on an IPP licence is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Abuse (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The Government is on track to publish a report about the extent to which individuals, when they are using contact centres in England, are protected from the risk of domestic abuse or, in the case of children, other harm. This will be delivered by April 2023 as set out in section 83 of the Domestic Abuse Act.

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee ()

Constitution Committee report: COVID-19 and the Courts – Baroness Taylor of Bolton – Lord Wolfson of Tredegar. Debate

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion C (22 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lords who took part in this debate. I will take matters fairly briefly, given the amount of other business before the House. On the duty of candour, I emphasise the essential point that the disciplinary system provides clear sanctions that can lead to dismissal. We should not introduce criminal sanctions for the police alone. Ultimately, the inspectorate...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion C (22 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I will also speak to Motionexpand-col4 K on secure schools, which is in this group. The House will recall that Amendment 71 would introduce a duty of candour for the police workforce. The other place has now considered this amendment and rejected the proposed duty, without, I might add, putting the amendment to a vote. The Government take police integrity and accountability...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Personal Injury Reform: Publication of consultation response (22 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I announce today the publication of Part 2 of the Government’s response to the ‘Reforming the soft tissue injury (‘whiplash’) claims process’ consultation paper on Gov.UK. In November 2016, the Government published a consultation that set out proposed measures to tackle the number and cost of Road Traffic Accident related personal injury claims. This consultation covered both...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, our vision is that no female offender who is subject to probation supervision will be released from prison homeless. Building on the success of our Covid emergency scheme, last July we introduced a transitional accommodation service for prison leavers in five regions, and we are expanding it further. We hold the system to account through ambitious accommodation targets set out in...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: There was quite a lot in that question. I acknowledge that it is a very important topic. I will pick up on a couple of the points made. The 77% figure comes from the recent IMB report for HMP Bronzefield, and it refers to safe and secure accommodation. That is a different approach to what we use, which is to determine whether people are actually homeless. Do they have somewhere—a roof over...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I think that robust categories are in place. We define homelessness, in accordance with the legal definition, as being where the individual does not have any accommodation available and reasonable for them to occupy, including where they may be rough sleeping, squatting or in a night shelter, emergency hostel or campsite. It is very important to ensure that we are all looking at the same...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I absolutely agree with that point. I have said from this Dispatch Box, on a number of areas, that data is absolutely critical. We need to ensure that we are looking at the same thing. I set out the legal definition of homelessness, and we publish statistics on this. I am pleased to say that there has been an improvement in the figures recently. The percentage of prison leavers recorded as...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am more than aware of this problem, because we debated it both in Committee and on Report for legislation which was going through this House. It is a real issue, and particularly for prisons which are in more disparate parts of the country where it can take people longer to travel back to where they originally came from. Prison governors are aware of this. The figures—which I do...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the noble Baroness is absolutely right, but we have seen a significant reduction in the number of women prisoners in the past three to four years. There will always be some women in prison, but the figures have gone down significantly. In addition, as we are talking about housing, four of the housing specialists that we have put into prisons are specifically in women’s prisons, so...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, this is obviously a very important issue. We have tried to join up the dots between the Prison Service and the NHS. The problem in the past was that women left prison, and the NHS did not know about them; the Prison Service had, so to speak, passed them on to nobody. The GP is the best way in which to access mental health support, in particular, in the community. Therefore, we are...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, integrated support is absolutely key—I agree with the noble Lord on that. We have done a number of things; we have set up a scheme to offer 12 weeks’ accommodation to prison leavers with support to move to settled housing and, by 2024-25, we will be investing £200 million per year to transform our approach to rehabilitation. But of course we need to be held to account on this,...

Prisons: Releasing Women into Safe and Secure Housing - Question (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I disagree with the noble Lord only on one point, when he said that prison chaplains can play an important role for prisoners, including in rehabilitation. I think that underestimates the point; I would say that prison chaplains can play a crucial and fundamental role in prison life, in and outside prison. As to smaller faiths, maybe I should declare my interest, because I agree.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Unpaid Fines: Debts Written Off (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) does all that it can to ensure that defendants pay what they owe, and that justice is delivered. However, in very limited circumstances HMCTS will administratively cancel the outstanding balance. The scenarios in which this can happen are severely restricted, and, in the event that the defendant’s circumstances change, the balance can be written back...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The below table provides the number of committals to prison for non-payment of financial penalties imposed by the criminal courts. We are not able to say how many of these were made specifically in relation to fines. Sentenced* admissions into prison – for non-payment of financial penalties 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 398 257 163 125 63 * Sentenced admissions provide a count...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The table provided below shows the number of cases heard in the magistrates’ court that resulted in a specific code to signal that an Attendance Centre Order (ACO) had been made in default of a financial penalty imposed by the criminal courts. It is possible that further ACOs were made that did not utilise this code. In respect of the data provided we are not able to say how many of these...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In 2016/17, 590,649 warrants of control (previously referred to as distress warrants) were issued in respect of financial penalties imposed by the criminal courts. Verifiable centralised records do not exist beyond this date and it would incur disproportionate costs to answer this question.


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