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Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Intimate Images Abuse Offences (25 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I wish to inform the House that the Government intends to legislate to introduce a package of new criminal offences on intimate image abuse when Parliamentary time allows. We also intend, to make some of these changes earlier by way of Government amendments to the Online Safety Bill. Intimate or sexual images can now easily be taken, copied or shared without consent and used for unacceptable,...

Justice: Strengthening Human Rights: Discussions with Cabinet Colleagues (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: We have introduced the Bill of Rights and look forward to bringing it forward for Second Reading shortly so that we can strengthen quintessential UK rights such as freedom of speech, as well as deporting more foreign national offenders and restoring some common sense to our justice system.

Justice: Strengthening Human Rights: Discussions with Cabinet Colleagues (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: The hon. Gentleman is wrong on all counts. I am confident that—[Interruption.] He can quote anonymous sources, and there are some well-known differences of opinion, but I can confidently predict that on Second Reading, the Bill of Rights will have overwhelming support in this House. He cited academics, but I point to Lord Faulks KC, Oliver Sells KC, Jonathan Fisher KC, Steven Barrett KC and...

Justice: Strengthening Human Rights: Discussions with Cabinet Colleagues (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I am afraid I do not accept that. It was a manifesto commitment. The Human Rights Act is a UK-wide piece of legislation and a protected enactment under the devolution settlements. Amending it is therefore a matter for the UK Parliament. I have been to all the devolved Administrations and talked to all the Executives. I have had roundtables with all the relevant stakeholders, as have fellow...

Justice: Strengthening Human Rights: Discussions with Cabinet Colleagues (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: What I will say to the hon. Gentleman is that this was a manifesto commitment. We are not removing the European convention on human rights—indeed, it will stay, as it was under the Human Rights Act, in a schedule to the Bill of Rights—but I do think that the idea that the Human Rights Act was the last word on human rights in UK constitutional history is daft. Actually, there is an...

Justice: Strengthening Human Rights: Discussions with Cabinet Colleagues (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: A series of cases have been put about that either would not be affected by the Bill of Rights or were not the product, in terms of the remedy, of the Human Rights Act. I do not accept the hon. Gentleman’s assertion; I want to work with hon. Members from all parts of the House. There is a great opportunity to strengthen the UK tradition of human rights—I think we should be proud of that as...

Justice: Strengthening Human Rights: Discussions with Cabinet Colleagues (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I am afraid I do not accept that characterisation. I think that on Second Reading, the hon. Gentleman will see the level of support. There has already been consultation on not just the policy proposals but specific clauses. We have looked at this at length. It is a manifesto commitment dating back to 2010. It remains one today, and we are going to deliver it for the British people.

Justice: Criminal Justice System: Support for Victims (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: In May, we published our landmark draft Victims Bill and a wider package of measures to improve victims’ experience of the criminal justice system. We will respond to the Select Committee’s scrutiny of that shortly.

Justice: Criminal Justice System: Support for Victims (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I say gently to the hon. Lady that I do not accept that characterisation. The Victims Bill had to go through pre-legislative scrutiny; it was right that it should do that. We are now ready to bring it forward, as and when parliamentary time allows. We will also be including a victim surcharge. Alongside these measures, we are increasing the funding for victims and witness support—we are...

Justice: Criminal Justice System: Support for Victims (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right, and I pay tribute to her for all the work we did together on these issues, and what a stalwart, doughty supporter she has been. The Victims Bill will place the victims code into law. It will increase oversight of how the criminal justice agencies work, both at the police and crime commissioner level and in the national inspections. I mentioned the...

Justice: Criminal Justice System: Support for Victims (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I say to the hon. Lady that the Crown court backlog reduced from more than 60,000 cases in June 2021 to under 58,000 cases at the end of March 2022—[Interruption.] Hold on. The increase and the reversal of that trajectory were the result of the Criminal Bar Association’s strike action, which was unwarranted—[Interruption.] I am looking at Opposition Front Benchers. When we announced our...

Justice: Criminal Justice System: Support for Victims (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I thank my right hon. Friend for her incredible work in this area. As ever, I listen to her carefully. I reassure her that I am looking positively and actively at bringing forward legislative changes in this area, and I will confirm the vehicle for that shortly.

Justice: Criminal Justice System: Support for Victims (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: The hon. Gentleman knows that I cannot comment on individual judicial cases, but I understand the concern in such cases. Of course, if he wishes to write to me with the details, I will be happy to look at that very carefully.

Justice: Criminal Justice System: Support for Victims (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I will certainly ensure that my hon. Friend gets a meeting with the victims Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Charnwood (Edward Argar). I will not comment on individual cases, but we have increased sentencing substantially through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, against which Opposition Members voted. In individual cases, however, it is of course for the...

Justice: Criminal Justice System: Support for Victims (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I am afraid that the hon. Lady rather demeaned the important point that she was making by trying to score political points at the end. Let me answer directly: we appreciate the concerns that there are for any victim, particularly female victims of crime, whether that is sexual violence or non-sexual violence. That is why we have rolled out section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence...

Justice: Criminal Justice System: Support for Victims (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: It has been going through pre-legislative scrutiny and it is important to respond to that. It will increase the oversight of all elements of the criminal justice system, both at the PCC level—the local level—and at the national inspectorate level. One thing that, notwithstanding the fiscal event, I am committed to protecting is the quantum leap in support and funding for victims, which...

Justice: Violence against Women and Girls: Reform of the Criminal Justice System (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: The Government are taking a range of measures to tackle violence against women and girls. The number of convictions in rape cases has increased by two thirds in the last reporting year, but we are restless to do more at every stage of the process from Operation Soteria, linking up police and prosecutors, through to the current national roll-out of pre-recorded evidence in all Crown courts in...

Justice: Violence against Women and Girls: Reform of the Criminal Justice System (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I can reassure the hon. Lady, first, that police referrals and the number of suspects charged have gone up over the last year, and Crown court receipts of those actually arriving in court are going up, but she is right to be restless to do more. We have rolled out national and local data dashboards for crime, but also specifically for rape, to provide greater transparency and to spread better...

Justice: Violence against Women and Girls: Reform of the Criminal Justice System (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: I thank my hon. Friend and pay tribute to her for the incredible work she did at the Home Office. She was involved in the meetings on this, and I know how committed she was and how much impact she had. On the results—those are what female victims of crime and the whole country want to see—between April and June 2022, police referrals were up by 95% from the 2019 figure. The number of...

Justice: Violence against Women and Girls: Reform of the Criminal Justice System (22 Nov 2022)

Dominic Raab: Amid all the bluster and political point scoring, the hon. Lady is losing the opportunity to pay tribute to the important work being done across the justice system, which will give female victims confidence to come forward. That is what we need to see: improvements in police referrals and in the number of suspects charged, improvements in Crown court receipts, and the ability for victims to...


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