Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bridget Prentice

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Mental Health Tribunals (3 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The chief executive of the Tribunals Service has regular meetings with Ministers to discuss the service and its performance, including that of mental health tribunals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Mental Health Tribunals (3 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I am concerned about the example that my hon. Friend gives. If he wishes to come to see me to discuss it, I will be more than happy to do so. There are, however, two things that I would say to him. There is legal representation available for mental health proceedings at the first-tier tribunal, and there is also legal aid available at the upper tribunal. There are about 1,100 members of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sentences (Violent Crime) (3 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The outcomes of criminal justice cases are provided free of charge to local newspapers, which play a key role in providing information to their communities. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has already announced that he intends to publish the final outcome of criminal court hearings on a public-facing website.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sentences (Violent Crime) (3 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend has offered a helpful and constructive suggestion, and we shall certainly look at it. I have seen national advertising campaigns in London on gun and knife crime, for example, that are very effective. In my area of Lewisham, the safer neighbourhood team included information in its quarterly newsletter to residents on people who were caught and convicted, and on the resulting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (3 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend makes the fair point that the Act is very young. We will keep a close eye on it and monitor its success. Eleven cases have been considered under it since November, including that of a 16-year-old and, of course, that of the doctor who was returned from Bangladesh. Even in a short time, the Act has already been successful in ensuring that those who are vulnerable and coerced...

Pleural Plaques (11 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Williams. I am sure that the hon. Members for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham) and for Cambridge (David Howarth) will forgive me if I do not spend too much of my time responding to their contributions, important as they were, but turn specifically to those made by my hon. Friends. First, as my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and...

Pleural Plaques (11 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I do not think that Department officials say that, but even if they did, they do not make the policy—elected Members do, and we certainly would not be going down that line. I say to my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley, West and Penistone that I absolutely intend that something should happen well before the general election. I shall also keep in mind the fact that my hon. Friend the...

Pleural Plaques (11 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I could not agree more with hon. Friend. We need a UK solution. In past debates, we have raised the matter of what would happen to someone who worked in Scotland but lived in England, and vice versa. We have all rehearsed those arguments on many occasions. As hon. Members have mentioned, the consultation considered a range of options. We received some 220 responses, some of which came from...

Pleural Plaques (11 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Unfortunately, I do not have those figures, but if I can get hold of them I will certainly make them available to the relevant Committee. My hon. Friend the Member for Jarrow (Mr. Hepburn), who has left to attend a Select Committee sitting, was right. The Newcastle Evening Chronicle has been running an effective campaign—I get more coverage in that newspaper than in my local papers—and,...

Pleural Plaques (11 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I think that I can probably agree with my hon. Friend on that subject. We need to find a way of ensuring that people get some recompense, because another unwelcome effect of the House of Lords judgment was that people diagnosed with pleural plaques were no longer able to establish the employer's liability of negligence at an early stage. That potentially creates difficulties, especially if...

Pleural Plaques (11 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: That would be a constructive way forward and it is something that we would want to look at. I would not want to go any further than that on this occasion. [Hon. Members: "Go on!"] Perhaps in the next debate we can have that discussion. Today, we heard the Prime Minister make a clear indication, in response to the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley, West and Penistone,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Pornography (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: In 2000, we increased the maximum sentences available for production and distribution of indecent images of children from three years to 10 years, and for the simple possession of indecent images from six months to five years' imprisonment. The average custodial sentence imposed by the courts has increased by several percentage points since the new maximum penalties were introduced.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Pornography (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I can absolutely give my right hon. Friend that assurance. He will have been as surprised as I was when in the Coroners and Justice Public Bill Committee the Opposition spokesman, the hon. and learned Member for Harborough (Mr. Garnier), said that he felt that our clause was, perhaps, over-egging the pudding. I do not for one minute think that taking action against these people in this way...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Pornography (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I know that the hon. Gentleman has taken a great deal of interest in this area and has worked very hard to try to protect children. We have decided to go down the road that we have because we want to work with the industry, giving it the opportunity to regulate itself. Of course, if that does not work, we are prepared to legislate, if necessary, to ensure that children are properly protected.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Burial Ground Memorials (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I understand that those involved—undertakers, local authorities, crematorium managers and the like—have disseminated the recent guidance to burial ground managers. It is a little too early to make a detailed assessment of the implementation, but practitioner representatives have agreed to provide regular feedback and we will be undertaking a sampling survey of burial grounds within the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Burial Ground Memorials (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: It is important that the House recognises the zealousness with which my hon. Friend has pursued this issue, and it is very much down to his campaigning that the guidance has been introduced—I congratulate him on that. My officials have discussed this with the crematorium managers organisations, and they have assured us that they welcome the guidance in principle and that they will...

Bill Presented: Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I beg to move, That the Order of 26 January 2009 (Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme)), as varied by the Order of 4 March 2009 (Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 2)), be further varied as follows: 1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order shall be omitted. 2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be concluded in two days. 3. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on...

Bill Presented: Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I have heard a lot of nonsense spoken in this House on many an occasion, but not quite as much as I have heard from the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) today.

Bill Presented: Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: No, because I want us to get on to the main substance of the debate. Let me address a couple of points. First, we spent 43 hours and 32 minutes in Committee, so the right hon. and learned Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham (Mr. Hogg), who is very concerned about process in this House, will know that proper scrutiny took place in Committee over several days, including an extra day. We have...

Bill Presented: Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I will not give way, as I want us to get on to the substance of the Bill. If the Opposition could exercise a little discipline, we might well reach all those clauses. It is entirely up to them.


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