Results 101–120 of 3000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Victoria Atkins

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Administration of Justice: Reform (7 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: In July 2021 we announced our intention to publish a Prisons White Paper before the end of the year. Officials in MoJ and HMPPS led roundtables in July with criminal justice sector organisations to seek views on future reforms to the prison system, and stakeholders were invited to provide written feedback following the roundtables. A Ministerial roundtable chaired by the Minister for Prisons...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Coronavirus (7 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: My department are working with officials in the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and Improvement to improve our understanding of, and develop solutions to these operational challenges. In January 2022, we will be publishing an action plan in response to the recommendations in the Joint Thematic Inspection of the Criminal Justice Journey of Individuals with Mental Health...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bedford Prison: Young Offenders (7 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: HMP Bedford intends to introduce a residential unit to support young adults aged 18-21 who exhibit complex needs. We are keeping the timescale under review and will provide an update in due course.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Wealstun Prison: Smuggling (7 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The use of X-ray technology must be approved in line with the Justification of Practices Involving Ionising Radiation Regulations 2004 (as amended). For HMPPS, the Justifying Authority is the Secretary of State for the Home Office. Approval from the Justifying Authority has been issued on the condition that a set of Requirements for Practice for Prisons are complied with and they state that...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (7 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme remains under development. Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme. The first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk. Further information on the eligibility,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (6 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The success in evacuating 15,000 people under Op Pitting means that we are facing an unprecedented housing challenge. We are working closely with local authorities to bring forward enough offers of housing to provide every family with a home as soon as possible. We are also looking at ways to make more suitable homes available in the private rented sector, and to provide alternatives to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Offenders: Females (6 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: “Prison population projections: 2021 to 2026”, published on 25 November 2021, noted that the adult female prison population fell from 3,766 at the end of June 2019 to 3,170 at July 2021. However, as also noted in the same publication, no effect of the Female Offender Strategy on the population of women in prison has been detected because “the limited time between the publication of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Females (6 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The starting point for the prison population projections published November 2021 (population as at end of July 2021) is lower than previously projected because of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional lockdowns and extended social distancing measures restricted the courts’ ability to process cases which means the criminal justice system has not recovered as quickly as...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (6 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Home Office is contacting those here in the UK in order to assist them to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain status. A funding instruction for local authorities in the support of the United Kingdom’s Afghan Locally Engaged Staff Ex Gratia & ARAP Schemes was published on 24 July 2021. This is for those Afghan nationals who arrived in the UK under those schemes between 22 June 2021 and 31...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners on Remand (3 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The 2021 remand population projection has changed compared to the 2020 remand population projection due to the further lockdowns that occurred post 2020 publication and the resulting slower than anticipated court recovery. The 2021 remand projection modelling methodology has been improved since the previous publication. The court recovery assumptions in the modelling have also been updated....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison and Probation Service: Staff (3 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Special Bonuses are payable to HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) staff, under Reward and Recognition policies, to recognise and reward in-year performance and staff who go above and beyond their normal duties. The Reward and Recognition policies apply, and are available equally, to all HMPPS staff. Nominations for in-year awards are subject to approval by panel. On the basis that reward...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Gambling (3 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: In England and Wales, screening takes place to identify problem gamblers so they can receive appropriate support. Prisoners are seen by NHS healthcare services on reception and can be referred to addiction services to help address problem gambling, while in Probation there is a toolkit that can be used to address some of the areas of need associated with gambling. Regions may also commission...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison and Probation Service: Staff (3 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The reasons for the higher rates of grievance for (a) staff from Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minority Communities compared with White staff, (b) disabled staff compared with non-disabled staff, (c) non-Christian staff compared with Christian staff and (d) Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual staff compared with heterosexual staff in HMPPS are routinely reviewed by our HR team and HMPPS senior leaders....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners (3 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: To a certain degree the prison population projection incorporates extended time spent remanded in custody. For example, the modelling accounts for lower volumes of offenders starting determinate sentences, due to increased numbers serving the custodial part of their sentence on remand.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners (3 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The fine defaulter population is assumed to remain at the average population observed in October 2020 to March 2021 inclusive. This small population is rounded to zero for presentation in the tables.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (3 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: As part of Operation Warm Welcome, ARAP applicants in the UK are entitled to Indefinite Leave to Remain. The Home Office is contacting those here in the UK in order to assist them to register their Indefinite Leave to Remain status. No one will be required to leave the United Kingdom, or be disadvantaged in any way, while we work through their cases. More information can be found in the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (3 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Councils who support people through the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) or Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme will receive £20,520 per person, over 3 years, for resettlement and integration costs. Local councils and health partners who resettle families will also receive up to £4,500 per child for education, £850 to cover English language provision for adults...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Chelmsford Prison: Inspections (2 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons provides invaluable independent scrutiny and found that insufficient progress had been made in improving HMP & YOI Chelmsford since 2018. Following an unacceptable inspection in August, urgent measures to accelerate improvements were announced, including more staff training, increased use of the body scanner to detect illicit items, a reduction in the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Medals (2 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The basis upon which the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal is being awarded to prison officers is the same as for the Armed Forces and the Emergency Services. The decision about who should be eligible for the medal was made by a cross-government committee and had to reflect the eligible grades from the other services. Medals are traditionally awarded for Royal Jubilees to recognise and reward...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (2 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Following Operation Pitting, in which the UK evacuated over 15,000 people from Afghanistan, Home Office officials are in regular contact with the devolved nations. This engagement includes Ministerial and officials meetings with Welsh government to ensure coordinated work on resettlement policy.


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