Results 101–120 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Featherstone

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Early Intervention Programmes (23 Mar 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: As part of the work of the Home Office crime prevention panel, the Early Intervention Foundation and the College of Policing recently launched new guidance to help front-line police support early intervention. The police and crime commissioners from Dorset, Lancashire and Staffordshire were involved in the development of the guidance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Early Intervention Programmes (23 Mar 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: The early intervention guidance for police will provide invaluable support in stopping potential criminals before they commit crimes, which will save the police a great deal of work in the long term. The guidance is already available online. We encourage all police officers, police community support officers, chief constables and PCCs to read it. I am happy to take up his suggestion if I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime (Northamptonshire) (23 Mar 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: Police reform is working and crime is down by more than one fifth under this Government, according to the independent crime survey for England and Wales. According to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics, police recorded crime in Northamptonshire fell by 18% between June 2010 and September 2014.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime (Northamptonshire) (23 Mar 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his work as a police special constable. He rightly says that the Opposition doubted our ability to bring down crime. However, our police forces have proved that where there is a will there is a way, and they have cut crime by more than 20% this Parliament, according to the crime survey. We should be very proud of them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: It is very helpful when the local media join the campaign against what I term “lethal highs”. As I said earlier, the Government are drawing up proposals for a general ban on the supply of new psychoactive substances throughout the United Kingdom, with a view to introducing legislation at the earliest opportunity. Obviously there is not enough time left for us to legislate in the current...

Child Sexual Exploitation (Rotherham) (26 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I am grateful for the opportunity to respond to the hon. Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion) and congratulate her on securing this debate on such an important issue. Her continued dedication to addressing child sexual exploitation, both in Rotherham, alongside the police and local agencies, and nationally, in partnership with Barnardo’s, is to be applauded. As she is aware, I...

Child Sexual Exploitation (Rotherham) (26 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: In a moment. The Government have taken immediate action to protect children in Rotherham. We have appointed Malcolm Newsam—one of the country’s most experienced experts in children’s services improvement—to oversee the initial changes needed. In addition, following the publication of Louise Casey’s report, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of Sate for Communities and Local...

Child Sexual Exploitation (Rotherham) (26 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: My hon. Friend makes an important point. We need that kind of hands-on experience in both Departments as well as co-ordination between them, because we do not want anyone falling through the holes or not recognising what needs to be done. Louise Casey’s report also describes how a small youth project, Risky Business, had developed a ground-breaking approach to reaching out to victims of...

Child Sexual Exploitation (Rotherham) (26 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I understand the hon. Lady’s anxiety and need. When someone knows a situation as closely as she knows this one, they can see all the answers and they want something right now, and a lot of it—[Interruption.] Indeed, it would be for the victims. The Home Secretary has led a series of meetings with her Secretary of State colleagues to consider what more we as a Government can do to help to...

Child Sexual Exploitation (Rotherham) (26 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I will but I may not get to the end of the list of support we are giving.

Child Sexual Exploitation (Rotherham) (26 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I do recognise that, but these services all relate to sexual violence. On rape and sexual violence, young women may come to those clinics as a result of what has happened to them, so there is some overlap between child sexual exploitation and sexual violence against teenage girls. We recognised the gap in services supporting men and boys and, as a result, launched a fund dedicated to...

Police Numbers (Wales) (24 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: What a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Caton. I congratulate the hon. Member for Islwyn (Chris Evans) on securing this debate. I recognise that issues connected with the strength and capability of policing in our communities rightly continue to be of interest to all Members. I apologise on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and...

Police Numbers (Wales) (24 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: As the hon. Lady knows, it is a matter for decision locally by the PCC. That is the whole point. The PCC has to judge the correct way to proceed on the spot. I am sure that she is more than capable of taking the matter up with the PCC directly. The police and crime commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, has announced plans for a new victims’ hub, which will bring together a range of agencies...

Police Numbers (Wales) (24 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Lady speaks very well for her community. Officer numbers are a key issue. I understand that there are concerns about reductions in police numbers in Wales, as elsewhere, and that is reflected by the level of the debate we have had today. We recognise the enormous impact that seeing officers on the street has in reassuring the public and deterring crime. While we remain absolutely...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Night-time Crime and Antisocial Behaviour (9 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: Front-line professionals have new flexible powers to tackle antisocial behaviour, including problems in the night-time economy. We have overhauled the Licensing Act 2003 to give people a greater say in licensing decisions in their area and to give local areas the tools and powers they need to deal with problem premises. We have also enabled local communities to secure a financial contribution...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Night-time Crime and Antisocial Behaviour (9 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I am delighted to praise the work of the safe space initiative in Falmouth and others like it, which provide an extremely valuable service. These schemes are run by local volunteers and officers who help with first aid. There are also the street pastors, which we also have in Haringey. I am sure that Members across the House would praise their work. The Government have also introduced the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Night-time Crime and Antisocial Behaviour (9 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Lady will have heard already that crime is falling across the country and has reduced by one fifth since the coalition entered government. We have taken action. I have written to local authorities to remind them of their powers, and police and crime commissioners are there to use their commissioning powers in respect of crimes that need addressing in their local areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Rural Crime (9 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I have received a number of representations about crime in rural areas from hon. Members, members of the public and interested organisations. We do not underestimate the impact that crime can have on those who live in rural areas. That is why we support the National Rural Crime Network, and awarded it £40,000 last year from the police innovation fund to assist its work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Rural Crime (9 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank my hon. Friend, and I agree that it is a heinous crime—and it is animal cruelty, in fact. Police and crime commissioners are making crime in rural areas a priority, and over 60% of PCCs in England and Wales have joined the National Rural Crime Network. That includes an online resource that allows police and partners and others to share information, training and case studies....


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