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star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Written Questions 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, what estimate he has made of the savings to the Law Officers' Departments from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4 June 2014; what additional ICT systems or improvements to existing systems the Law Officers' Departments have introduced or plan to introduce that would not have been feasible without the Q&A system; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which the system has made it easier to answer questions from hon. Members on time. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne Central more like this
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Chi Onwurah more like this
star this property uin 218771 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
unstar this property answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Office has made an estimated saving of £164 in respect of stationery costs since June 2014. There may also have been some savings in staff time but it is not possible to quantify this without incurring a disproportionate cost. There have been no other identified savings.</p><p> </p><p>There have also not been any modifications made to existing ICT systems that were dependent on introduction of the Q&amp;A system.</p><p> </p><p>One of the benefits of the new system is the possibility for the reporting of the timeliness of answers to Parliamentary Questions to be delivered with greater consistency and accuracy across all answering bodies.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It will be for the Procedure Committee to evaluate the effectiveness of the new system in improving performance when it assesses the evidence following the end of the session.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2015-01-05T17:40:06.97Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T17:40:06.97Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chi Onwurah more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-05more like thismore than 2014-09-05
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar 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 Written Questions 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, what proportion of named day written questions were answered by the Law Officers' Departments within the prescribed period in the (a) 2012-13 session, (b) 2013-14 session and (c) 2014-15 session to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds Central more like this
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Hilary Benn more like this
star this property uin 208417 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-10more like thismore than 2014-09-10
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>The information requested is contained in the following table.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Proportion answered on the named day </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>116</p></td><td><p>99%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>129</p></td><td><p>91%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014-15 (To date)</p></td><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>90%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>Departmental performance information, for ordinary and named day Parliamentary Questions, is collated by the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons and submitted to the Procedure Committee. This is published on a sessional basis by the committee, and includes evidence regarding departmental performance. The monitoring report relating to the 2012-13 session was published on 13 February 2014 as HC1046. The report covering statistics relating to performance during the 2013-14 session will be published very shortly by the Procedure Committee.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2014-09-10T13:34:33.8547734Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-10T13:34:33.8547734Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hilary Benn more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-03-07more like thismore than 2017-03-07
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Work Experience 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, how many people undertook an unpaid work placement in the Law Officers' Departments in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many such placements lasted for longer than one month. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ellesmere Port and Neston more like this
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Justin Madders more like this
star this property uin 66888 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-03-16more like thismore than 2017-03-16
unstar this property answer text <p>GLD has offered the following number of work experience placements in each of the last five. None of them lasted for longer than one month. The placements were unpaid but assistance was provided with travel and subsistence costs. The placements were aimed either at promoting access to the legal profession, or to provide work experience to those from disadvantaged or black or minority ethnic backgrounds.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Number of Work Placements in GLD</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>28</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>30</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>31</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>31</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) does not undertake unpaid work placements.</p><p> </p><p>The SFO does enable school age students to undertake work experience varying between 1 day and a week. SFO central records indicate that 26 students have completed such a placement over the past five years, as detailed in the following table, but none was for longer than one week.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Number of students at SFO</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>There are no central records held in regard to unpaid work experience at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and to collect this information would be at a disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>Nobody has undertaken an unpaid work placement at AGO and HMCPSI within this timeframe.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2017-03-16T14:20:10.427Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-16T14:20:10.427Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Madders more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-08more like thismore than 2015-09-08
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar 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 Witnesses: Self-employed 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, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reimbursing self-employed witnesses for loss of earnings when they are obliged to attend court. 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 9623 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-15more like thismore than 2015-09-15
unstar this property answer text <p>The payment of witness expenses and allowances to prosecution witnesses, where the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the prosecuting authority, is governed by the Crown Prosecution Service (Witnesses’ etc. Allowances) Regulations 1988.</p><p>The rates payable in accordance with the Regulations are designed to provide compensation to witnesses attending court but not necessarily full reimbursement of all costs incurred, including loss of earnings, whether the witness is employed or self-employed. The aim is to strike a balance between providing a reasonable level of compensation to witnesses and ensuring that public money is spent appropriately.</p><p>It is important that the allowances are set at a level that does not discourage the public from coming forward to give evidence and rates are subject to regular review. Nevertheless, limits on the amounts payable are necessary if the Government is to maintain control over public spending in order to direct limited resources to areas of greatest need.</p><p>The witness allowance rates are due to be reviewed shortly.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2015-09-15T14:57:17.127Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-15T14:57:17.127Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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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 2017-02-07more like thismore than 2017-02-07
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Witnesses: Older People 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, what steps he is taking to ensure that the CPS deal sensitively with elderly witnesses who are afraid of giving evidence in court. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 63426 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-02-15more like thismore than 2017-02-15
unstar this property answer text <p>For elderly people who are vulnerable or intimidated, the CPS supports them as witnesses to give the best evidence that they can. The CPS does this by applying for special measures to, for example, allow them to give evidence by video link, or behind screens. The CPS can also apply for the use of an intermediary and/or communication aids to assist the witness.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS published a policy statement and guidance on prosecuting crimes against older people in 2009. The CPS has committed to updating both documents during 2017 to take into account the larger numbers of older people in society and changes to the nature of crime, such as on-line fraud targeting. The revised guidance and policy statement will address the support available to older victims of crime. The policy statement will be subject to a public consultation to ensure that the CPS considers the views of interested parties.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2017-02-15T16:31:36.597Zmore like thismore than 2017-02-15T16:31:36.597Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-18more like thismore than 2015-11-18
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar 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 Witnesses 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, what steps the CPS has recently taken to improve its support for (a) child witnesses and (b) people with learning disabilities who give evidence in criminal proceedings. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith more like this
star this property uin 16813 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-23more like thismore than 2015-11-23
unstar this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is committed to improving the ‘at court’ experience for all witnesses. The CPS works closely with the police and the voluntary sector to ensure that vulnerable witnesses such as children and people with learning disabilities are well supported through the Criminal Justice System.</p><p>Special measures such as the use of intermediaries, using screens at court and video live links help vulnerable witnesses, including children and people with learning difficulties, to give their best evidence. Recently, the CPS assisted the MoJ in recruiting an additional 105 intermediaries, who play a vital role in facilitating coherent conversations during police interviews and at court. The use of pre-recorded cross-examination has also been successfully piloted and the Lord Chancellor has committed publically to a national roll-out.</p><p>In September, following public consultation, the Director of Public Prosecutions announced the launch of new guidance for prosecutors entitled ‘Speaking to Witnesses at Court’. The aim of this guidance is to set out the role played by prosecutors at or before court in ensuring that witnesses give their best evidence. This will benefit all prosecution witnesses and will help them understand what to expect. These enhanced arrangements will be piloted over the coming months and will be rolled out nationally during 2016.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2015-11-23T14:27:50.483Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-23T14:27:50.483Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-10-10more like thismore than 2016-10-10
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
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star this property hansard heading Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of offences under the Wild Animals (Protection) Act 1996 in 2015; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
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Kerry McCarthy more like this
star this property uin 47655 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-10-13more like thismore than 2016-10-13
unstar this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of people who have been charged with, and prosecuted for, offences brought by way of the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996. This information could only be obtained by examining CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>Although it is not possible to identify the number of people charged with particular offences, records are held showing the overall number of offences in which a prosecution commenced in the magistrates’ courts. The table below shows the number of offences, rather than defendants, charged by way of the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 during 2015. A single defendant may be charged with more than one offence.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2015</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p>Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2016-10-13T08:10:16.067Zmore like thismore than 2016-10-13T08:10:16.067Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-10-18more like thismore than 2016-10-18
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar 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 Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of offences under the Wild Animals (Protection) Act 1996 in each police force area in England in 2015. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith more like this
star this property uin 49177 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-10-25more like thismore than 2016-10-25
unstar this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of people who have been charged with, and prosecuted for, offences brought by way of the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996. This information could only be obtained by examining CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>Although it is not possible to identify the number of people charged with particular offences, records are held showing the overall number of offences in which a prosecution commenced in the magistrates’ courts. In 2015 there was one offence commenced under the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2016-10-25T09:47:22.097Zmore like thismore than 2016-10-25T09:47:22.097Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Water 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, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in the Law Officers' Departments; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
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Simon Kirby more like this
star this property uin 215953 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
unstar this property answer text <p>In line with the requirements of the Greening Government Commitment Targets, the Law Officers’ Departments are taking steps to reduce water consumption and costs. Reductions have been achieved through a range of measures including the introduction of water meters and water flow restrictors to reduce usage in washrooms. Reductions in the size of the estate and in staff numbers have also contributed to the decline in water consumption.</p><p>Against the 2009/10 benchmark of 69,068 cubic metres, consumption was reduced by 40% to 41,164 cubic metres by the end of reporting year 2012/13. Projections for reporting year 2013/14 indicate further improvement.</p><p> </p><p>Specific information on the Law Officers’ Departments consumption of water and any associated expenditure during the last financial year is published in their respective Annual Report and Resource Accounts. These also detail actions undertaken to reduce usage. Copies of these are already available in the Library of the House or can found on the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/</a> website.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2014-12-02T12:26:18.093Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-02T12:26:18.093Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Simon Kirby more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-10-07more like thismore than 2016-10-07
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Volkswagen 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, what recent discussions he has had with the CPS on potential prosecution of Volkswagen in connection with diesel emissions data; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South more like this
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Stewart Malcolm McDonald more like this
star this property uin 46940 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-10-12more like thismore than 2016-10-12
unstar this property answer text <p>The Attorney General has regular discussions with the Director of Public Prosecutions about a variety of issues. As was the case with previous Attorneys General, it is not our policy to provide details of all such discussions.</p><p> </p><p>I can however confirm that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is working with UK and European bodies to assess whether there is any potential criminal offence, involving serious or complex fraud, which falls within its remit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2016-10-12T13:06:20.287Zmore like thismore than 2016-10-12T13:06:20.287Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stewart Malcolm McDonald more like this