Results 121–140 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: Crime Prevention (Urban Design) (9 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: We have not conducted any recent research in this area, but a strong body of evidence shows how the design and build of our homes, schools and public places can prevent crime and antisocial behaviour.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Prevention (Urban Design) (9 Feb 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank my hon. Friend, who is almost indistinguishable from the Prince of Wales. We have no current plans to conduct research on the impact of modern architecture and design on crime and antisocial behaviour, but we keep an open mind on all ideas. A Home Office-funded project published in 2010 looked at the crime experience of six contemporary housing schemes and its findings led to the...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Female Genital Mutilation (29 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Weir. I congratulate the Chairman of the Select Committee on Home Affairs, the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) on securing this debate, and I thank him and other Committee members for their interest in the issue and their detailed report. I am pleased to see the public health Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Female Genital Mutilation (29 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that intervention, but we are already funding community organisations. Of course, anyone who does not get funding always says, “I haven’t got funding.” We are trying to underpin a number of organisations, including with funding. There is a £270,000 European fund and a £100,000 Home Office fund, and they are both funding community organisations. I...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Female Genital Mutilation (29 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: Would the hon. Lady mind if I simply finished? If there are points she wants to raise as I get towards the end of my speech, I will give way then. There are so many issues to get through. The Committee has rightly focused on the low number of prosecutions for FGM. We all agree that prosecutions are not the sole answer and that the well-being of victims is paramount. However, it is equally...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Female Genital Mutilation (29 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I will give way, but first let me get through some more of my speech. There will be a few minutes at the end. The Government have published and updated the multi-agency practice guidelines on FGM. The guidelines highlight the risk factors that teachers, nurses, GPs, police officers and social workers should be looking out for during their work and set out what action they should take. To...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (5 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: Police reform is working and crime is down by more than a fifth under this Government, according to the independent crime survey for England and Wales. England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades, with the survey showing crime at the lowest level since it began, in 1981.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (5 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I am happy to do as my hon. Friend suggests and congratulate Thames Valley police on all they have done in reducing crime by 30% in their area, but I also congratulate all police forces that are rising to the challenge of driving efficiency and cutting crime. Effective policing plays a key part in reducing crime, as does tackling the underlying drivers of crime, which this coalition is also doing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (5 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I welcome the hon. Gentleman to his place. Up to now, cybercrime has been a lesser interest. The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to say that the trend among all people now is to buy online, but I would say that what is illegal offline is also illegal online. Policing cyberspace is just as important as policing the streets, and that is what our police force is doing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (5 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I am more than happy to congratulate my hon. Friend’s local police on their efforts to reduce crime and their success in doing so. As I said, I congratulate all police forces across the country who are managing the reductions efficiently and cutting crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (5 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: I might not have put it that way, but when one compares murder with shoplifting, that is one issue. The important point is that all crime should be tackled, regardless of what it is. Someone might start with shoplifting, but who knows where they will end up? Our objective is to cut all crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (5 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: The Government have announced an additional £7 million for victim groups that support survivors of sexual violence. Two million pounds is available for organisations that are reporting an increase in referrals prompted by the independent panel inquiry into sexual abuse. There is another £2.85 million Home Office fund for providers of support across England and Wales, and a £2.15 million...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (5 Jan 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: My hon. Friend will be aware that at the Girl Summit in July the Prime Minister announced our intention to introduce mandatory reporting for this unacceptable practice. We are consulting on how best to introduce the new duty. Alerting the police to cases of FGM will allow them to investigate the facts and increase the number of perpetrators apprehended. The NHS will support anyone affected by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug Misuse (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The Government’s drugs strategy sets out a balanced approach to tackling drug misuse, including controls under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. There are positive signs that our approach is working, such as a long-term downward trend in drug use, and people going into treatment are more likely to free themselves from dependency than ever before. An assessment of the drugs strategy is under way.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug Misuse (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The coalition Government have no current intention to decriminalise drugs. Drugs are illegal where scientific and medical analysis has shown they are harmful to human health. We recognise that drugs are a complex and evolving issue, so we continue to develop our strategy and look at other evidence-based approaches to help us to respond to emerging threats and challenges.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug Misuse (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I could not agree more. Our focus absolutely has to be on those who deal, smuggle and do the most harm. That is where police time needs to be spent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug Misuse (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: As the hon. Gentleman says, we accepted the panel’s recommendation to develop proposals for a blanket ban. We have already initiated statutory consultation on the proposals with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and we will consider its advice carefully. Work has begun and is moving swiftly. We will develop proposals for a blanket ban and set out further detail in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Female Genital Mutilation (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: Female genital mutilation is an extremely harmful practice that we are committed to tackling. On 22 July, the Prime Minister hosted the UK’s first girls summit, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to tackling FGM here and overseas. At the summit, the UK announced an unprecedented package of measures to tackle FGM, including several commitments to strengthen the law, improve the law...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Female Genital Mutilation (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: We are currently looking at that. Of course, legal aid is available for domestic violence, but we are looking at it specifically in relation to FGM.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Female Genital Mutilation (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I could not agree more, and that is why we are working closely across government and in communities to push this information down into those communities. As the hon. Gentleman will appreciate, some of these communities are particularly closed off, which makes it even more imperative to work with their members to take these messages in, including in schools and through front-line professionals.


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