Results 161–180 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: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: What I can say to the hon. Lady is this. The protocol will take effect from 19 November and will set out clear guidance from the judiciary on the steps that lenders are expected to take before bringing a claim in the courts, with a view to ensuring that repossession is a last resort. If a case reaches court, the lenders will be required to be able to tell the court precisely what they have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend makes an important point. There have been cases in which a tribunal has found in favour of a claimant, yet the employer has not been as willing as he or she ought to have been to pay them. Next year, under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, we will ensure that cases can be registered in the county court, so claimants will be able to get a speedier resolution to the...

Solicitors (Conduct) (22 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: It is normal to congratulate the Member who has secured the debate, although I am not sure whether the congratulations will be particularly enthusiastic at the end of this part of the parliamentary Session. However, I am grateful that the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) has initiated a debate on the conduct of solicitors because it is something that is very dear to my heart,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Pleural Plaques (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: The consultation paper on pleural plaques was published on 9 July and the closing date is 1 October. I welcome responses from hon. Members and from all those with an interest in this important issue. We will then aim to publish our response to the consultation in November.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Pleural Plaques (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I appreciate what my hon. Friend says. Like him, we are concerned about the anxiety experienced by people who have been exposed to dangerous substances such as asbestos. As I said, we will aim to publish our response within a month of receiving responses to the consultation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Fees (Child Protection) (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: My Department has made a full cash transfer to cover the costs to local authorities. However, we will be monitoring the overall impact of the recent reforms in this area, the better to understand how they are working. That will include monitoring the numbers of cases issued, the stages at which they are resolved and, consequently, the total value of fees payable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Fees (Child Protection) (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: First, I do not accept the hon. Gentleman's premise that the drop in the number of cases going through the courts is due to the fees. In fact, the drop in the number of cases going to court happened before the new fees were implemented, which happened only in May this year. We are looking to see what the reasons behind that are; one reason may be that people were gearing up for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Fees (Child Protection) (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: A total of £40 million is being given to local authorities this year, which will also be given to them next year and the following year. That money is the total allocated, should every case go right through the whole system to the end of court proceedings. In other words, that amount is more than I would expect the local authorities will need if they use other possibilities to deal with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Fees (Child Protection) (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: Yes, they should be able to expect fewer delays. The whole point of the public law outline is to streamline the system and to encourage local authorities and other agencies to look at alternative ways of protecting the child before going to the courts. In that way, both CAFCASS and the courts should respond far more quickly in dealing with the vulnerable child—that, after all, is who the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Fees (Child Protection) (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: No, I do not think that the position of the natural parent will be prejudiced by the new fees. The new fees are for local authorities; individual parents are, of course, protected financially in other ways. I accept the hon. Gentleman's point that it is important that parents are given a voice in the court system. I hope that the new public law outline will ensure that they are heard and that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Fees (Child Protection) (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will come to reflect on his remarks and regret that he has put his question in such a way. We are talking about the most vulnerable children in our society and we should talk about them in a way that means that we will do our very best to ensure that they are properly protected. Inflammatory language does not help. I have spoken to London local authorities and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Coroners' System (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: As the hon. Gentleman will know, the coroners and death certification Bill was put into the draft legislative programme in May. I look forward to working with him and others to ensure that it makes its passage through Parliament in the new Session. In the meantime, I have put in place a number of measures that we can use without legislation to move some of these issues forward.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Coroners' System (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Gentleman makes a very important point. I regret the fact that the families of Scottish military who have died abroad have to come to England in order to take part in inquests. While I understand that the Cullen review is going ahead in Scotland, I also hope that the Scottish Parliament will seriously consider making inquest procedure applicable in Scotland so that Scottish families...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Coroners' System (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I understand what my hon. Friend says, but may I say that it is for my colleagues in the Home Office to respond in detail to those issues. If he puts that question to them, I am sure that he will receive a reasonable response.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Coroners' System (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. The most important part of the coroners Bill is the principle of putting bereaved families at the heart of the system, which means ensuring that they get all the information they need beforehand. In some areas, support teams take the families through what the procedure will be; indeed, good coroners do that as a matter of course. We are publishing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Coroners' System (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I know that my hon. Friend has taken a close interest in this issue, and we extend our condolences to the families of the young people involved in those recent tragedies in her constituency. My hon. Friend has raised the matter of psychological autopsies before and I have asked my officials to look further into it. If we can come up with a means to make this a useful part of the coroner's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (15 Jul 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I have discussed this issue with my hon. Friend; we had a very useful discussion on it, when I explained to her that our decision was to wait to see how the Scottish system rolled out and what consequences there might be in England and Wales as a result of that. In the meantime, we are doing more work on ensuring that people are aware of their rights and obligations, whether or not they are...

Powers of Attorney (17 Jun 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I congratulate the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Susan Kramer) on securing this debate on an important and serious issue, and on getting under the wire so that we can have this discussion. I intended to open my remarks with an outline of the importance of what we have put in place in the Mental Capacity Act 2005, but because of the time I hope that you will forgive me, Mr. Cummings, if I do...

Local Elections (Warrington) (10 Jun 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington, North (Helen Jones) on securing the debate. She said she was rather disappointed that she had to bring the issue to the House, but if even half of what she described turns out to be true, it is important that the House has been able to hear and consider it. She brought the matter to the House with her usual eloquence, passion and...

Local Elections (Warrington) (10 Jun 2008)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend makes an important point, and rightly so. I hope that that will come out in the review and that it will be seen whether the excuses or reasons that I have been given with regard to addressing some of these points in the run-up to the election were valid, and that appropriate action will accordingly be taken. It is important that electors should receive their poll cards....


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