Results 121–140 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

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: 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...

Coroners and Justice Bill (26 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: As the hon. Member for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham) said, this has been a constructive and intelligent debate, not least because my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State took 26 interventions. We have been through the Bill fairly thoroughly as a result. I welcome the many positive comments that have been made about many of the provisions in the Bill, such as the establishment of...

Coroners and Justice Bill (26 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: A number of Members have raised that issue as well as my hon. Friend. We will reflect on it and we will look to see what we can do to give bereaved families more support when they find themselves at inquests. At the moment, they have very good personal support in many areas from some of the coroners' officers and so on, but I know that hon. Members want us to go further than that. We...

Coroners and Justice Bill (26 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I would be grateful if my right hon. Friend would allow me to move on. My hon. Friend the Member for Bridgend (Mrs. Moon) was an excellent advocate for her constituents in a very tragic situation. I reassure her that all coroners will be required to provide statistical information to the chief coroner, who will be advised by the medical adviser on the interpretation of that information. We...

Coroners and Justice Bill (26 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I remind the hon. and learned Gentleman that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State spoke for nearly an hour and took 26 interventions, many of which concerned all the other issues raised in the Bill. However, I want to turn to the provisions on data sharing that have been so central to this debate. Once more, I shall be very happy to look in detail at the issues that a number of hon....

[Mr. Frank Cook in the Chair] — Libel Laws (17 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: Thank you, Mr. Cook, for your wise advice at the beginning of the debate. I might as well begin by declaring an interest: I am not a lawyer, I am not a journalist and I am not dealing with any libel procedure in the courts at the moment—thank heavens. I hope that during the course of today's debate, I do not end up in that position either. First, I congratulate my right hon. Friend the...

[Mr. Frank Cook in the Chair] — Libel Laws (17 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink) referred to that. I beg his pardon. My right hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham expressed concern about several aspects of current law and procedure. He described "libel tourism", whereby someone with a tenuous connection to this country uses our courts to bring defamation proceedings. Let me explain in further detail—along the lines that the...

[Mr. Frank Cook in the Chair] — Libel Laws (17 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I take very seriously what the hon. and learned Gentleman says, and I agree. We will publish as soon as possible in the new year a consultation paper on defamation and the internet, and later, as part of the proposed consultation, we will also seek views on the abolition of criminal libel in respect of defamatory material. On the issue of conditional fee agreements, some important points have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Custodial Sentences (9 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: The Government regularly undertake research on the effectiveness of various sentencing disposals, including both custodial and community-based sentences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Custodial Sentences (9 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Lady needs to understand that we consider both custodial and non-custodial sentences to be important parts of the judicial system, and that courts must have the flexibility to be able to pass sentences that they believe to be appropriate. Last year alone, more than 6 million hours were spent serving non-custodial community-based sentences. The hon. Lady and her party need to reflect...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Custodial Sentences (9 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I can tell the hon. Gentleman that we do not think that appropriate, and that steps have been taken to ensure that it does not happen again.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Custodial Sentences (9 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend makes an important point in reflecting what the Under-Secretary, my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Garston (Maria Eagle), said earlier about the importance of ensuring that sentencing deals with those who are addicted to drink or drugs. That is one reason why flexibility must be at the disposal of the courts: they must be able to ensure that those who commit crimes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Custodial Sentences (9 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: Absolutely.


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