Results 101–120 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

Bill Presented: Clause 45 — Meaning of "qualifying trigger" (9 Nov 2009)

Claire Ward: The Law Commission has said that such cases should not be left to the jury. Perhaps the hon. and learned Gentleman would like to refer to page 65, paragraph 3.143. Now perhaps I can move on-

Bill Presented: Clause 45 — Meaning of "qualifying trigger" (9 Nov 2009)

Claire Ward: Of the Law Commission report. Now perhaps I can move on-

Bill Presented: Clause 45 — Meaning of "qualifying trigger" (9 Nov 2009)

Claire Ward: It is on page 65, paragraph 3.143. I am happy to take further interventions as I proceed through my speech, which will perhaps give the right hon. and learned Gentleman an opportunity to consider the report.

Bill Presented: Clause 45 — Meaning of "qualifying trigger" (9 Nov 2009)

Claire Ward: Perhaps I can refer to page 65 of the Law Commission report. It states: "In Smith (Morgan), Lord Hoffmann, agreeing with the decision, said: Male possessiveness and jealousy should not today be an acceptable reason for loss of self-control leading to homicide, whether inflicted upon the woman herself or her new lover." That, I think, provides some support across a number of areas.

Bill Presented: Clause 45 — Meaning of "qualifying trigger" (9 Nov 2009)

Claire Ward: I will take some more interventions in a few moments, but I want to proceed a little further. The sexual infidelity exclusion applies in relation to the words and conduct limb of the new partial defence to murder of loss of control. For that limb of the partial defence to succeed, the defendant must persuade the jury of the following: that he or she killed, or was a party to killing another...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Youth Justice (21 Jul 2009)

Claire Ward: Our approach is set out in the £100 million youth crime action plan. Last year the number of children and young people entering the criminal justice system for the first time fell by 10 per cent. Since 2000, the proportion of young offenders who reoffend has fallen by 6.6 per cent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Youth Justice (21 Jul 2009)

Claire Ward: My hon. Friend is quite right to raise the issue of custodial sentences for young people. The Government believe that diversions are necessary to remove as many children and young people as possible from custodial sentences, which is why we are looking at out-of-court disposals, a proportionate and efficient means, in appropriate cases, of dealing with low-level offending by mainly first-time...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Youth Justice (21 Jul 2009)

Claire Ward: The Government are doing an enormous amount for young people right across all Departments. We think it is appropriate for children and young people not to enter the criminal justice system if it is inappropriate for them to do so, which is why we are developing as many out-of-court disposals as we can to meet the needs and to allow other parts of the system, such as health and education, to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: International Criminal Jurisdiction (21 Jul 2009)

Claire Ward: The Government receive many representations from time to time about the jurisdiction of the UK courts for particular categories of crimes under international law. We have recently received representations about genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and we have responded positively to those issues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: International Criminal Jurisdiction (21 Jul 2009)

Claire Ward: It seems that, yet again, the hon. Lady is unable to welcome the significant move that the Government have made on this issue, which has been welcomed by a large number of her colleagues in the other House and by outside organisations. We have taken considerable steps forward on this issue. We are not persuaded that it is necessary to change the relevant definition from "residence" to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: International Criminal Jurisdiction (21 Jul 2009)

Claire Ward: Obviously, any decision to prosecute would be a matter for the prosecuting authorities, and it would be inappropriate for me to comment on that specifically.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (21 Jul 2009)

Claire Ward: The Government have accepted in principle the amendments tabled to the Coroners and Justice Bill. Among other things, the amendments will extend abolitions to the offences to Northern Ireland, and pick up some of the mixed consequential amendments and repeals to various linked statutory provisions. We will also look at debating and discussing some of those issues with other partners and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Secure Accommodation (16 Jun 2009)

Claire Ward: At 30 April 2009, there were 3,527 places in the under-18 secure estate. Of those, 2,895 places are currently in use.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Secure Accommodation (16 Jun 2009)

Claire Ward: I am certainly happy to look at that issue. With the introduction of youth offender rehabilitation, there will be an opportunity for courts to take into account a number of those issues and look at them as an opportunity not to put young people in custody, but to provide a range of measures that may assist them through drug rehabilitation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Secure Accommodation (16 Jun 2009)

Claire Ward: On the contrary: what the Youth Justice Board has done is review the number of places and look at demand. As we have already indicated, custody is the Government's last resort for young people. The Youth Justice Board has looked across all places, and determined that the demand is not there for the number places that exist currently, in order to ensure that contracts are awarded to those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Secure Accommodation (16 Jun 2009)

Claire Ward: I am sure that my hon. Friend will agree, as would many hon. Members, from across the House, that the most appropriate thing is to ensure that we have as few young people in custody as possible. The most appropriate thing is to try to treat those offenders in the community. That is why the number of places has been reduced—because the demand has been reduced, as we look at other...

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Claire Ward: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Regional Development Agency (13 May 2009)

Claire Ward: I return to my point about the capital for enterprise scheme and the fact that the Government have been working with the European Investment Bank to help UK banks negotiate new credit lines. Under the "more time to pay tax bills" scheme, the new business payment support service sets out an affordable timetable in which viable businesses in temporary financial difficulty can pay their tax...

Regional Development Agency (13 May 2009)

Claire Ward: My hon. Friend has made his interest in the issue clear. He made some good points about the need for local and regional powers to work together as effectively as possible to plug those various gaps. In a sense, he was saying that we need one vision for local areas, and for people to bring as much to the table as possible to help to deliver those things. He is keen to be part of any agencies,...

Regional Development Agency (13 May 2009)

Claire Ward: I would be happy to ensure that my right hon. Friend the Minister is aware of the kind invitation that my hon. Friend has extended to him. I will strongly advise him to take it up—as his Whip, I will do whatever I can to support and encourage him. My hon. Friend has done as much as he possibly can to support some of the projects that he would like my right hon. Friend the Minister to visit,...


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