Results 1–20 of 4000 for speaker:Alex Chalk OR speaker:Alex Chalk

Ambulance Services and National Heatwave Emergency (13 Jul 2022)

Alex Chalk: Cheltenham General Hospital’s A&E was saved from a trust plan to close it, thanks to the fantastic support of more than 20,000 of my constituents. Does my hon. Friend agree that, in addressing the enormous challenge of the demands we face, capacity is important as well as flow through the system? In the light of that demand, the decision of the trust, and indeed the Government, to keep...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Rape: Prosecutions (5 Jul 2022)

Alex Chalk: This Government is determined to increase the number of rape prosecutions and convictions. The CPS is undertaking extensive work to drive up and improve prosecutions through their Joint National RASSO Action Plan with the police, the Rape Strategy, and the Operation Soteria Pathfinders, which are testing methods for best practice in six CPS Areas. Since this work commenced there has been...

Written Answers — Attorney General: National Security Council (5 Jul 2022)

Alex Chalk: The National Security Council is a committee of the Cabinet. It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not normally shared publicly.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Rape: Prosecutions (5 Jul 2022)

Alex Chalk: This Government is determined to improve support for victims and increase the number of rape cases going to court. Earlier this year the CPS published their Rape Strategy update confirming their aim to significantly increase year on year the number of rape cases going to court. In each of their RASSO Units their specially trained prosecutors will always look to charge when the Code for...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Government Legal Department (4 Jul 2022)

Alex Chalk: The Legal Risk Guidance for lawyers in government is important and used in all aspects of their work. The Attorney General recently refreshed, updated and broadened its application across Government in light of the collective experience of Ministers and lawyers of its practical application. The guidance has been launched with lawyers across the Government Legal Profession and will be...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Emergency Services and Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence (1 Jul 2022)

Alex Chalk: The CPS treats assaults against retail and emergency workers extremely seriously. In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, charges are selected to reflect the seriousness and extent of the offending and give the court adequate powers to sentence. The CPS is a signatory to a Joint Agreement on Offences against Emergency Workers which provides a framework to ensure the more...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Criminal Liability (1 Jul 2022)

Alex Chalk: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) collects data to assist in the effective management of its prosecution functions. This data is derived from structured data fields completed on individual case records held in the Case Management Information System (CMS) and reported in the Management Information System (MIS). Any information recorded in the CMS about the defence(s) employed by defendants...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Road Traffic Offences: Administration of Justice (1 Jul 2022)

Alex Chalk: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recognise that deaths caused by driving offences are particularly tragic cases and ensuring that the victim’s family is appropriately informed and supported in the aftermath is incredibly important. Crown Prosecutors must always adhere to the two-stage test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors when making charging decisions in any case. This means...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Road Traffic Offences: Prosecutions (1 Jul 2022)

Alex Chalk: The CPS does not have dedicated teams that deal with road death cases. However, these cases are always dealt with carefully and sensitively by prosecutors who have the skills and experience to apply the relevant law and CPS policies. Crown Prosecutors must always adhere to the two-stage test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors when making charging decisions in any case. This means...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Road Traffic Offences: Prosecutions (30 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), in making its decision on whether or not a case should be prosecuted, will always apply the two-stage test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors (the Code). The Code is issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) under section 10 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985. The Code gives guidance to prosecutors on the general principles to be...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Roads: Accidents (28 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: The threshold for deciding whether to prosecute offences relating to fatal road traffic collisions in Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) cases is the same threshold that is used for all offences. The CPS, in making decisions on whether or not a case should be prosecuted, will always apply the two-stage test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors (the Code). The Code is issued by the...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Consultants (28 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: The Attorney’s General Office spent £7,000 in the 2020/21 financial year and £4,450 in the 2021/22 financial year on consultancy services. The figures for the last five years are available in the table below. 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 £0 £0 £0 £7,000 £4,450

Written Answers — Attorney General: Health Professions: Criminal Proceedings (27 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: The evidential threshold that is applied by the CPS when making charging decisions is the same threshold that is applied in all cases, for all offences and for all suspects. There is no separate threshold that is applied for different types of suspects, such as trained or licensed doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners. The Code for Crown Prosecutors (the Code) is issued by the...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Charity Tribunal (27 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: As set out in the Attorney General’s written evidence to the Charities Bill Special Public Bill Committee on 6 October 2021, there have been three occasions on which the Charity Commission has asked for a reference to the Charity Tribunal. In two of these cases the Attorney General agreed with the Charity Commission and took the proceedings forward. In one case the Attorney General refused...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Serious Fraud Office: Resignations (23 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: During this period, one application was made to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) by a former Civil Servant following employment at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). This application was made by former SFO Director Sir David Green. The details of Sir David’s application are available here.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Waste Disposal: Crime (21 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) does not structure its employees around particular categories of financial crime and therefore does not hold data on the number of employees deployed to combat money laundering created through waste crime.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Hate Crime: Prosecutions (20 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recognises the serious impact hate crimes have on peoples’ lives and will always seek to prosecute where there is sufficient evidence to do so, regardless of the offence, or how it is committed. In 2021/22, the proportion of successful outcomes in religiously aggravated hate crime with an announced and recorded sentence uplift was 79.8%. Each CPS Area...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Government Legal Department (6 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: The Attorney General commissioned a review into the Government Legal Department in October 2020. This was an internal review and as such it is not suitable for publication. The Legal Risk Guidance is a fundamental document lawyers in government use in all aspects of their work. It was recently refreshed in light of the collective experience of Ministers and lawyers of its practical...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Criminal Proceedings: Gangs (6 Jun 2022)

Alex Chalk: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidance urges caution about the use of the word ‘gang’, explaining how it can properly be deployed in a prosecution, where substantiated by the evidence and relevant to a matter in issue in the proceedings. In drafting the guidance, the CPS assessed the potential effect of using ‘gang’ in proceedings and identified that the term is used in...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information (31 May 2022)

Alex Chalk: No investigation will be carried out by the Government Legal Profession. If a person making a request under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) is not satisfied with a response, they may exercise their statutory rights of challenge under the Act, complaining to the ICO and then appealing to the First-tier Tribunal.


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