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star this property date less than 2019-05-03more like thismore than 2019-05-03
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Official Secrets Act 1989 more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the recent alleged disclosure of information from the National Security Council, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Official Secrets Act. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Bromwich East more like this
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Tom Watson more like this
star this property uin 250769 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
star this property answer text <p>The policy responsibility for the operation of the Official Secrets Acts is a matter for the Cabinet Office.</p><p> </p><p>The Attorney General’s role in respect of the Official Secrets Act is confined to granting consent to prosecute as defined in that Act.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2019-05-09T15:01:08.22Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T15:01:08.22Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Watson more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-07-24more like thismore than 2018-07-24
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Jon Venables and Robert Thompson more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the injunction granted by the Family Division on 22 June 2001 in respect of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, what data security policies and procedures apply to his and other government departments and all counsel instructed in connection with that injunction, including communicating information by email; and what role his Department's Data Protection Officer and the data protection officers of other government departments play in instructing counsel in regard to data protection. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Knowsley more like this
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Mr George Howarth more like this
star this property uin 167868 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-09-14more like thismore than 2018-09-14
star this property answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Office and the Government Legal Department are bound by statutory obligations and act in accordance with publicly available policies on the gov.uk website, as well as the Subject Access Code of Practice published by the Information Commissioner’s Office, which is available <a href="https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/2259722/subject-access-code-of-practice.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The Attorney General’s guidelines on information security and government work that are followed by external counsel doing government work are available <a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/attorney-generals-guidelines-on-information-security-and-government-work" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Guidance for handling protectively marked material that is followed by external counsel is available <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/725211/Handling_of_Protectively_Marked_Material_Guide_for_Counsel_July_2018.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The Attorney General’s Office also has an internal Office Security Policy which is not published, because it contains very specific security information about the office necessary to protect information and staff which it would not be appropriate to publish.</p><p>External counsel that do government work are data controllers in their own right with all the attendant responsibilities that entails. They are members of a professionally regulated body and formally undertake to maintain the integrity of the data that they handle.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2018-09-14T13:45:45.82Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-14T13:45:45.82Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir George Howarth more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-07-24more like thismore than 2018-07-24
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Jon Venables and Robert Thompson more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the injunction granted by the Family Division on 22 June 2001 in respect of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, what costs were incurred by his and other government departments in respect of matters relating to that injunction, including any amounts paid by way of the fees of any counsel and other disbursements. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Knowsley more like this
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Mr George Howarth more like this
star this property uin 167867 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-09-14more like thismore than 2018-09-14
star this property answer text <p>This question refers to costs incurred over a considerable period of time. The Government Legal Department (‘GLD’) has carried out a reasonable and proportionate interrogation of its digital records and has ascertained that the following costs have been incurred (all figures given exclude VAT):</p><p>(1) On matters relating to applications to vary the Injunction:</p><ul><li>The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) incurred £16,767.40 on time spent by GLD, plus £19,990.01 on counsel’s fees and other disbursements.</li><li>The Ministry of Justice incurred £432.00 on time spent by GLD on matters relating to the current application to vary the Injunction.</li></ul><p>(2) On matters relating to breaches of the Injunction:</p><ul><li>AGO incurred £33,620.90 on time spent by GLD, plus £30,240.36 on counsel’s fees and other disbursements.</li></ul><p>(3) On matters relating to the application of the Secretary of State for Justice in 2012 to vary the Injunction:</p><ul><li>The Ministry of Justice incurred £2,479.10 on time spent by GLD, plus £8,546.40 on counsel’s fees and other disbursements.</li></ul><p> </p><p>These figures do not include any internal costs incurred by individual government departments in terms of time spent by their officials in matters relating to the Injunction.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2018-09-14T08:45:47.12Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-14T08:45:47.12Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir George Howarth more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-07-24more like thismore than 2018-07-24
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Jon Venables and Robert Thompson more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the injunction granted by the Family Division of 22 June 2001 in respect of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, what applications to vary that decision have been made and on behalf of whom; how such applications were funded; and what grounds were given in support of each such application. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Knowsley more like this
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Mr George Howarth more like this
star this property uin 167865 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-09-14more like thismore than 2018-09-14
star this property answer text <p>In 2010, Jon Venables was arrested and charged, under his new identity, with offences relating to the viewing of child pornography. On 21 June 2010, in the context of those criminal proceedings, Mr Justice Bean amended the Injunction so as to prohibit the publication of information revealed in proceedings in open court, insofar as such information would be likely to lead to the identification of (a) Venables’ then-current name; (b) the address at which he was living immediately before his recall to prison in February 2010; (c) the location at which he was, at that time, being held in custody; or (d) his then-current appearance.</p><p>Those amendments resulted from an application by Counsel for Jon Venables on the basis that revealing such information would be likely to lead to the identification of Jon Venables. I am unable to say how this application was funded because the variation was sought by a third party</p><p>At a hearing at the Central Criminal Court on 23 July 2010 Mr Justice Bean varied the order, on the application of media organisations, to permit disclosure of the county in which Venables was living before his recall to custody. The purpose of this was to enable identification of the relevant police force and probation service involved in his supervision. I am unable to say how this application was funded because the variation was not sought by this office. At the same time, an application by News Group and Mirror Group Newspapers, who opposed the continued prohibition of the publication of Jon Venables’ new name, was heard and rejected.</p><p>On 31 August 2012, on the application of the Secretary of State for Justice, the High Court amended the terms of the Injunction. This application would have been funded by central government. The amendment was made to ensure it prohibited any publication of a person purporting to be identified or depicted as Venables or Thompson.</p><p>On 7 February 2018, Venables was sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment for three offences of making indecent photographs of children and one offence of possession of a paedophile manual. On 7 February, on the application of Jon Venables, Mr Justice Edis amended the Injunction to permit reporting of information heard in public at the hearing, though the amendments were such that the Injunction continues to protect the new identity and appearance of Venables and certain information which might be used to identify him. I am unable to say how this application was funded beause the varation was not sought by this office</p><p>There is an application currently before the Family Court brought by Mr Ralph Stephen Bulger and Mr James Patrick Bulger to vary the Injunction. Various grounds have been provided in support of this application, and it is anticipated these grounds will be finalised in the applicants’ written submissions required to be filed in this case by 23 November 2018. I am unable to say how this application is funded because the variation is not sought by this office.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2018-09-14T08:37:40.177Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-14T08:37:40.177Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir George Howarth more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-24more like thismore than 2018-07-24
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Jon Venables and Robert Thompson more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the injunction granted by the Family Division of 22 June 2001 in respect of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, how many allegations for breach of that injunction have been received by his Department; on what dates and on behalf of whom such allegations were received; how communication of such allegations was funded; and what grounds were given in support of each such allegation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Knowsley more like this
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Mr George Howarth more like this
star this property uin 167866 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-09-14more like thismore than 2018-09-14
star this property answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of referrals for alleged breaches of the order</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018</p></td><td><p>25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p>12</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>32</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-2003</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2002</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2001</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Allegations about breaches of the injunction protecting the identities of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson can be received from anybody, including members of the public, employers and law enforcement agencies. We are not aware of how they are funded if they are. Referrals are most often made on the basis that the injunction has been breached by the sharing of prohibited images or information purporting to identify Venables or his whereabouts.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2018-09-14T08:43:37.907Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-14T08:43:37.907Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir George Howarth more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-12more like thismore than 2018-07-12
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Magistrates' Courts: Convictions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, with reference to tables three and seven of the Crown Prosecution Service Annual Report 2016-17, what the reasons are for conviction rates in Magistrates Courts being higher than those in Crown Court; and what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for defendants having a 25 per cent greater chance of acquittal at a Crown Court than at a Magistrates Court. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 163550 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-25more like thismore than 2018-07-25
star this property answer text <p>The latest annual report and accounts are now available on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Website. The table below shows that, during each of the last four most recently available years, conviction rates have remained stable in both magistrates’ courts and at the Crown Court.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2014-2015</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-2016</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-2017</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-2018</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Magistrates' Courts Conviction Rate</p></td><td><p>84.2%</p></td><td><p>83.8%</p></td><td><p>84.8%</p></td><td><p>84.8%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Crown Court Conviction Rate</p></td><td><p>79.4%</p></td><td><p>79.2%</p></td><td><p>78.9%</p></td><td><p>79.9%</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p>Data Source: CPS Management Information System</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Cases prosecuted at magistrates’ courts tend to comprise minor or less serious offences with a greater proportion of defendants pleading guilty (78.0% during 2017-18, compared to 70.9% at the Crown Court). By way of example, motoring cases comprise over 21% of cases in the magistrates’ courts but only 2% in the Crown Court.</p><p>In contrast, a greater proportion of cases triable on indictment at the Crown Court are serious and complex in nature, and defendants are more likely to plead not guilty. During the most recent year, 16.8% of prosecutions at the Crown Court resulted in a trial, with a conviction after contest rate of 54.0%, compared to 9.1% of magistrates’ courts prosecutions and a conviction after contest rate of 62.1%.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2018-07-25T08:18:50.563Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-25T08:18:50.563Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-22more like thismore than 2018-10-22
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Treaties: Prosecutions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, which international treaties and associated guidance he referred to when granting consent to prosecute; and what the offences were to which those treaties and guidance applied in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Batley and Spen more like this
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Tracy Brabin more like this
star this property uin 182226 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-25more like thismore than 2018-10-25
star this property answer text <p>The Law Officers consider each consent case on its merits and take in to account international treaties, conventions and associated guidance on their interpretation and implementation where necessary.</p><p>Data on what information was considered in each case can only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 182227 more like this
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less than 2018-10-25T08:37:50.973Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-25T08:37:50.973Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tracy Brabin more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-10more like thismore than 2019-04-10
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading GATT more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether he has provided advice to the Prime Minister on whether the Government is able to trigger article 24 of the WTO General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vauxhall more like this
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Kate Hoey more like this
star this property uin 243322 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-16more like thismore than 2019-04-16
star this property answer text <p>I regularly meet ministerial colleagues to discuss important issues of common interest, including on matters relating to the UK’s exit from the EU. I am unable to disclose the legal content of those discussions because whether or not the Law Officers have given advice and the content of any such advice is, by convention, not disclosed outside Government. The Convention protects my ability as chief legal adviser to the Government to give full and frank legal advice about some of the most contentious and difficult issues the Government will be considering.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2019-04-16T13:57:32.597Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-16T13:57:32.597Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kate Hoey more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-09-03more like thismore than 2018-09-03
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Serious Fraud Office more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether he has plans to conduct a review of the performance of the Serious Fraud Office. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
star this property uin 169703 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-09-14more like thismore than 2018-09-14
star this property answer text <p>The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is an independent organisation and is a key player in the response to economic crime, investigating and prosecuting some of the most serious and complex cases and recovering proceeds of crime, with a case conviction rate of over 83% during the past five years. The SFO continues to support the Government’s programme of reforms to improve our response, including the creation of the new National Economic Crime Centre. As the superintending Minister for the SFO, I regularly meet with the Director of the SFO where we discuss performance and key issues in relation to economic crime.</p><p>The new Director of the SFO, Lisa Osofsky, joined the SFO last month and is committed to building on the existing successes of the SFO and continuing to support the multi-agency response to economic crime.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2018-09-14T10:36:03.353Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-14T10:36:03.353Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-02more like thismore than 2019-05-02
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading National Security Council: Disclosure of Information more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether he has been asked by the Cabinet Office to assess whether there was any illegality involved in the Huawei leak from the National Security Council. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Bromwich East more like this
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Tom Watson more like this
star this property uin 250479 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
star this property answer text <p>The Attorney General’s role in respect of the Official Secrets Act is confined to granting consent to prosecute as defined in that Act.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2019-05-09T15:00:09.39Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T15:00:09.39Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Watson more like this