To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) what steps he is taking to ensure a minimum standard of provision of services for victims and witnesses by police and crime commissioners;
(2) with reference to his Department's White Paper, Getting it Right for Victims and Witnesses, whether responsibility for victims and witnesses services under police and crime commissioners will be (a) funded by his Department and (b) ring-fenced for delivery of specific services.
Police and crime commissioners should have the widest possible discretion to commission services to meet the needs of victims in their area, and, we believe, not be constrained by minimum standards or entitlements. We will support PCCs by providing them, and service providers, with an outcomes-based commissioning framework.
The majority of the funding PCCs will receive to commission services for victims and witnesses will be provided by the Ministry of Justice. It is not our intention to ring-fence this funding for specific services.