Results 21–40 of 600 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Claire Ward

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoners Maintaining Innocence (9 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: When someone is convicted, it is only right that the system accepts that the court's decision is right and, if they are sent to prison, the prison system should accept the decision on that basis. The person has an opportunity to appeal, and if the appeal is unsuccessful, they also have an opportunity to refer the case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The hon. Gentleman seems to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Burglary Sentences (9 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: The maximum sentence for burglary of dwellings is 14 years; for non-domestic burglary, it is 10 years; and for aggravated burglary, it is life. Within the statutory framework, it is for the Sentencing Guidelines Council to issue guidelines to the judiciary. The SGC issued guidelines for non-domestic burglary in 2008; following R v. Saw in 2009, it is currently preparing guidelines for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Burglary Sentences (9 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: Within the statutory framework, it is of course for the courts to determine what is appropriate, and the framework is quite extensive. As a result of that framework, we are seeing that the average custodial period for burglary has increased from 15.5 months in 1998 to 17.4 months in 2008. Overall, burglary has more than halved since 1997.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: National Victims Service (9 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: The national victims service has been allocated £8 million for the financial year 2010-11. Of that, £2 million will be allocated to the homicide scheme, and the remaining £6 million will provide the enhanced service for other victims of crime. The service will be delivered, in partnership with the Government, by the charity Victim Support. It builds on huge improvements for victims in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: National Victims Service (9 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: We have already allocated the funding, and we have made the efficiency savings. The money has not been taken away from other victims' services provided by the Department. What we do with that money is important. Victim Support already provides a good service, and I am absolutely confident that the national victims service will provide an even better one.

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: With the leave of the House, Madam Deputy Speaker, I should like to respond to the ingenuity of the hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) in managing to extend the areas covered by the resolution in order to question many substantive areas of the legislation itself. We are dealing with a Ways and Means motion, not a money motion. The motion that we are discussing is not, therefore,...

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: I am well aware that the hon. Gentleman is seeking to ensure that there are opportunities to do other things around the House this afternoon, so I shall co-operate completely and give way to him.

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: It is not to do with costs; it is about charges and payments in relation to the Consolidated Fund. May I now be allowed to try to answer some of the specific issues that have been raised? Questions were asked about the details and the costs and charges of this scheme in respect of wheel-clamping. They will be discussed in Committee.

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: The hon. Gentleman should know that the Government always take into account the views expressed in consultations before coming to a view. The Private Security Industry Act 2001 places a requirement on individual vehicle immobilisers who operate on private land-questions were asked about the impact on local authorities, but this applies not to local authority land, but to private land-carrying...

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: The hon. Gentleman is straying into rather more substantive issues to do with the Bill more generally, and they will, of course, be dealt with in Committee. This measure refers specifically to private land, and the action people might take and who they might approach if their vehicle has been clamped cannot be addressed in respect of it.

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: Well, the hon. Gentleman must decide whether he wishes to call a Division, and thereby take a step that his constituents-or mine, for that matter-might decide was simply challenging the substantive issue itself and seeking not to allow the usual procedures to take place that would ensure this important measure makes progress through the House. That is a decision for him. I have said to him...

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: I shall give way again, but perhaps the hon. Gentleman will then allow me to answer one or two of the points that he made.

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that these are important matters, which is why the Government are responding to the views that have been expressed to us by bringing forward these measures. In respect of the resolution that is required for the overseas victims of terrorism scheme, that is a complicated scheme and given that it has been a difficult task, I believe the Government have done all...

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: The full details of the costs of the scheme will be considered in Committee. Let me simply say today that we are making provision through the Ways and Means motion to ensure that this procedure can be debated thoroughly in Committee. Businesses will only pay the sum to which I have just referred when they lose an appeal. As a result, the payment will reflect the variable costs of all...

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: But clearly not extensive enough, and as there is still time left that the hon. Gentleman wishes to ensure is available to him, I am more than happy to give way.

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for your guidance. I am not sure there was much more I could have added without getting into a debate on the substantive nature of the amendments, and I am sure that Members will want to have that opportunity in Committee or when the Bill returns to this House. This is an important motion that has been debated more than thoroughly by the House today. The right...

Crime and Security Bill (Ways and Means) (4 Feb 2010)

Claire Ward: Hon. Members will recall that the House agreed a money resolution in respect of the Crime and Security Bill after its Second Reading on 18 January. Since then, the Government have tabled amendments to the Bill to establish a compensation scheme for victims of overseas terrorism, and to provide for a scheme to be set up so that motorists can appeal to an independent tribunal or adjudicator in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Departmental Staff Internet Usage (5 Jan 2010)

Claire Ward: May I add to the comments made by my colleagues, and offer my condolences to the family of David Taylor? Private use of the Ministry's e-mail and internet systems during working hours happens only with the permission of line management. Such usage must be reasonable, and there is strict monitoring by Ministry of Justice IT services. Any use must not interfere with the performance of official...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Departmental Staff Internet Usage (5 Jan 2010)

Claire Ward: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting suggestion. Actually, the MOJ controls very strongly, and monitors, the access that staff have to browse or surf the web. Within the central area of the MOJ headquarters there are some computers that have much freer access, and those are available for staff to use in their private time, such as lunchtime and before or after work. However, I will...

Asbestos-related Illness (Plymouth) (2 Dec 2009)

Claire Ward: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Alison Seabeck) on securing this important debate. The fact that this is the fifth debate that we have had on pleural plaques demonstrates the importance of the issue, not just to hon. Members across the political parties but, more importantly, to their constituents and those whose lives are impacted by this state of affairs....


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