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Rape and Sexual Violence (8 Mar 2022)

Bob Neill: I am glad that my hon. Friend references data. Will she take on board the fact that the joint thematic report from the two inspectorates specifically references the need to do more on data in this field and ensure that that is in the Government’s response?

Rape and Sexual Violence (8 Mar 2022)

Bob Neill: This is an appropriate day on which to have this important debate because as we celebrate International Women’s Day we also need to recognise the particular challenges and threats that women and girls sadly face in our society. We all want the experience of victims of rape and serious sexual offences in the criminal justice system to improve. We also want to ensure that the guilty are...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill: Clause 1 - Overview (7 Mar 2022)

Bob Neill: I am afraid that I am now going to reduce the level of excitement by returning to some rather technical and boring but I think important legal details of the Bill, because we all want to make sure that this works in practice. I am concerned that, despite what is in the Bill itself and in a number of the amendments, there still seem to be two important areas of potential loophole. Can I start...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill (7 Mar 2022)

Bob Neill: My hon. Friend makes a good point: this is not just for this crisis. He will have seen the excellent article in The Spectator by Professor Richard Ekins, where he and Sir Stephen Laws, the former Junior Treasury Counsel, suggest that the best route for this crisis would have been a stand-alone Bill naming all those to be sanctioned in a schedule and with power for that to be added to. That is...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill (7 Mar 2022)

Bob Neill: Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker. This is an important Bill, and it is an exceptional Bill because this is not normally the way in which we go about dealing with such matters, but it is necessary. My right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) spoke of it as an economic warfare Bill. Sadly, there is an element of that, because a vicious and genocidal war is...

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (2 Mar 2022)

Bob Neill: My hon. Friend is making a most important point and I entirely agree with her. Does she agree that that links into the importance of proper, careful and sensitive investigation by the police? We will increase the rate of charging only if, in a sufficient number of cases, there is admissible evidence that affords a reasonable prospect of conviction, and it is the evidence gathering, therefore,...

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (2 Mar 2022)

Bob Neill: It is a pleasure to follow my fellow Select Committee Chair, the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Dame Diana Johnson). This hugely important issue and debate concerns men as much as women, which we need to emphasise. It is not easy, and there is no single silver bullet. A raft of reasons give rise to this appalling level of offending and the difficulties we have in dealing...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: After Clause 2 - Required life sentence for manslaughter of emergency worker (28 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: I am grateful to the Minister, as it does. I hope that he makes sure that we have a timely response; perhaps he can meet me once our Committee has reported.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: After Clause 2 - Required life sentence for manslaughter of emergency worker (28 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: I am grateful for the chance to speak in the debate. This area of the Bill raises a number of important criminal justice matters, and I am grateful to the Minister for his very open approach to engaging with me and others around it. I have much sympathy with both him and the shadow Minister, in observing that there are sensible things that I hope we will broadly agree upon on most of this. I...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: After Clause 2 - Required life sentence for manslaughter of emergency worker (28 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: I am very grateful to the hon. Lady. We heard very compelling testimony on precisely those points. That is not to say that some people who are serving IPP sentences have not committed very serious offences and that some of them, because of their background, do not present a very real threat to the public. It may well be that in certain cases it will be a very long time before they are capable...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: After Clause 2 - Required life sentence for manslaughter of emergency worker (28 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: The Minister is absolutely right to pay tribute to Lissie Harper and to our emergency services. He also makes the point that these are not isolated incidents. Will he take on board the broader point that, although there is obviously great support for this piece of legislation, the area that has not been addressed is the difficulty that juries face in deciding whether the offence—the facts...

Corporate Transparency and Economic Crime (28 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: The Secretary of State is right to draw a distinction between that which needs to be done immediately to deal with the appalling behaviour of Putin and his cronies and the long-term reforms that are really important to the business structures of the United Kingdom, for our competitiveness and for company law as a whole, which should rightly not be rushed. In relation to the more urgent and...

The Secretary of State was asked: Catalytic Converter Theft (28 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: What steps her Department is taking to tackle catalytic converter theft.

The Secretary of State was asked: Catalytic Converter Theft (28 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: In many areas of the country, crime is going down. It is going down in many areas in Bromley and Chislehurst, but one area where it is not is the explosion in catalytic converter thefts in my constituency. Ours has been identified by the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead as one of the highest areas for this crime. These are not opportunistic thefts. Does my right hon. Friend agree that...

UK-Taiwan Friendship and Co-operation (10 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rutland and Melton (Alicia Kearns) and my right hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart) on securing this important debate, and thank everyone who has spoken in it. Taiwan, though it may not be large, is very important economically—a point that has been made—morally and politically, because it developed into a...

Business of the House (10 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: London accounts for 13% of the UK’s population and 22% of its gross domestic product. The issue of how London is governed is important to the whole country. We used to have debates in Government time on London and its governance. Can we restore that situation, so that we can examine why Conservative Bromley is debt-free, while Labour Croydon is bankrupt and required an £120 million...

Attorney General: Financial Crime (10 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: Might I say, Mr Speaker, that the Law Officers are entitled to perhaps a good half an hour of the House’s time as well? The Solicitor General probably has more experience of prosecuting serious fraud hands on than anyone else in this House. From my own experience at the Bar, I know he is right when he says that fraud is not a victimless crime. Does he agree that we need a joined-up approach...

Local Government Finance (England) (9 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: I fear that, in local government terms, I am perhaps in the same vintage as the right hon. Member for Knowsley (Sir George Howarth) and have perhaps also experienced the Palmerston effect over my years in local government finance. Since I was elected to Havering Council in 1974—as a very young man, I might add—the nature of the finance settlement has changed and things have come and...

Justice: UK’s Human Rights Framework (8 Feb 2022)

Bob Neill: I am grateful that my right hon. Friend made reference to the independent review of the Human Rights Act. I am sure he would want to join me in thanking the right hon. Sir Peter Gross, the chair of that review, and his colleagues for their exceptionally hard and diligent work in this regard. Sir Peter gave evidence to the Justice Committee last week. He pointed out that while the Government...


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