Results 181–200 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alan Campbell

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: North Yorkshire Police (14 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: The priority, as set out in the pre-Budget report, is to ensure that police authorities have the resources for front-line officers, whether they are warranted officers or PCSOs. It is up to chief constables and police authorities to make best use of that funding, because they decide on operational matters.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Domestic Violence Advisers (14 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: This year's funding has already been allocated, and a further £4 million will be available in 2010-11 for IDVAs and multi-agency risk assessment conferences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Domestic Violence Advisers (14 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: I assure the hon. Gentleman that the recently announced strategy for ending violence against women and girls is anything but woolly. So is the £13 million that will support services. At a time of financial constraint, it indicates the Government's priority on these matters. He will know that local agencies also need to address the matter as their priority, because it is they that bring the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for raising this important matter. We are concerned about burglary, particularly in these difficult economic times. We are considering the issue and we would envisage involving trading standards, even though staff are already working hard. If legislation is necessary, we will legislate.

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Hancock. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) on securing this important and timely debate, given the wider debate that is taking place around DNA and the database. She will know that the matter formed part of the Policing and Crime Bill but, unfortunately, not the Policing and Crime...

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: The assumption would be that that has already happened and that the problem would get bigger. The other assumption is that we intend to have a universal database, but, as the hon. Gentleman knows, I have assured him on many occasions that that is not the case. The two key words are "balance" and "proportionality". We need to strike a balance, and when there are various views from different...

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: And in the remarks that followed my original point on this, that is exactly what I was saying. I recognise that people may feel that there is a stigma, but I am making the point for the record that it is not the DNA database that finds people guilty or innocent but the courts.

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: I disagree with the final point in my hon. Friend's remarks. Earlier, he spoke about this coming back to haunt people. I hope that people do not go away with the impression that DNA is put to a wider use than its actual purpose. I believe that he is referring to the point about removing DNA from the database and the guidance that is given, which I shall deal with in a moment. On...

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: We are verging into territory where we must trust the police's discretion in many ways. That involves an argument that I want to develop later about what happens when young people come into contact with the criminal justice system, and the police are often at the front line of that. I prefer to deal with that remark then. I want to return to why we have a DNA database, which we are told is...

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: Okay. Let me try this example for the hon. Gentleman. Steve Wright murdered five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2003. A DNA sample was taken from him when he was arrested on suspicion of theft. His DNA profile subsequently matched DNA from the body of one of the five women murdered in Ipswich in 2006. Wright was eventually charged with and convicted of the five murders, and sentenced to life...

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: Let me quote again Chris Sims, chief constable of the west midlands who leads for ACPO on DNA. He said on 10 September that 40,000 crimes are matched every year, that the database is helping to keep us safe, and that reducing the numbers on it will tip the balance towards making people feel less safe. I pray in aid that point, because he is giving the other side of the story.

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: I will come to the research in a moment. I pray in aid that point simply to show that it is plain common sense that the further we diminish the database, the higher the number of crimes that might otherwise be solved but will not be solved. We must draw a line appropriately.

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: I am running out of time, so I will not give way. We must strike a balance, and we consider that our proposals in the Crime and Security Bill do just that. There is a debate about so-called innocence, and I am sure that we will return to that. We have not plucked the period of six years at random. There is not an enormous amount of evidence out there that we can bring to bear, but nor can the...

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Alan Campbell: But not charged. However, if the profiles of those who are arrested but not convicted are not kept, a significant group of people who are statistically more likely than the rest of the population to offend within the following six years will be removed from the database. That is the balance that we must strike between people's privacy and the right of the rest of society to keep itself and...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Clause 96 — Retention and destruction of samples etc: England and Wales (12 Nov 2009)

Alan Campbell: We have brought forward measures that were not only debated in Parliament, but subject to considerable debate outside Parliament. There has been a long consultation with the public on the measures, and over that time scale additional research has been undertaken, so we cannot be accused of seeking a blank cheque or pushing through measures. Nor can we be accused of proceeding with indecent...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Clause 96 — Retention and destruction of samples etc: England and Wales (12 Nov 2009)

Alan Campbell: I beg to move, That this House agrees with Lords amendment 40.

Coroners and Justice Bill: Clause 96 — Retention and destruction of samples etc: England and Wales (12 Nov 2009)

Alan Campbell: The amendments were supported by the Government in the other place and are the result of listening to the debates that have taken place in this House and in Committees of both Houses, including the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. Over the summer, we considered those views carefully, and the responses received to the Home Office...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Clause 27 — Increase in penalty for offence (12 Nov 2009)

Alan Campbell: By removing clause 27, I hope we are not sending out the message that the offence in question is not a serious matter. People should not assume that because we are not seeking to escalate the fine, this is not serious. The police have a range of powers and we work with them not only on training, but on revising existing guidance. The powers are there to be used, and we want to ensure that...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Clause 13 — Paying for sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force etc: England and Wales (12 Nov 2009)

Alan Campbell: With the leave of the House, I would like to respond briefly to colleagues' comments. First, I share the view of my right hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane) that this is an important measure, but it has been a learning experience for us all. Even today, we have seen disagreement on some aspects-but, I hope, a broad acceptance of the Bill's importance. My right hon. Friend...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Clause 27 — Increase in penalty for offence (12 Nov 2009)

Alan Campbell: I beg to move, That this House agrees with Lords amendment 25.


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