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star this property date less than 2019-01-09more like thismore than 2019-01-09
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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 Brexit 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, if he will provide a written statement to the House on the legal implications of any potential changes the Government may negotiate to the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU in relation to the sovereignty of decision-making by Parliament on the Northern Irish backstop. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 206758 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 2019-01-14more like thismore than 2019-01-14
star this property answer text <p>The Government understands the legitimate desire of Parliament to understand the legal implications of the Withdrawal Agreement. I have today written to the Prime Minister about an exchange of letters between the Prime Minister and the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission. Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement and the Government's commitment to provide Parliament with information to assist it to understand the Agreement, I have agreed that this letter should be published</p><p>It is available online <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letter-from-the-attorney-general-to-the-prime-minister-on-the-northern-ireland-protocol" target="_blank">here</a> and copies have been deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.</p><p> </p><p> </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 2019-01-14T17:37:33.39Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-14T17:37:33.39Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1046116
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-01-23more like thismore than 2019-01-23
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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 Prosecutions 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 discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the effective prosecution of criminals. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Slough more like this
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Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
star this property uin 211357 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 2019-01-28more like thismore than 2019-01-28
star this property answer text <p>The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed the outline terms of a comprehensive future security relationship including law enforcement, criminal justice, and judicial cooperation.</p><p>I have regular meetings and briefings with the Director of Public Prosecutions and senior officials of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). A significant amount of planning for EU Exit has taken place and the CPS is making preparations for both for the implementation period or for an exit without a deal.</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 2019-01-28T14:47:55.007Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-28T14:47:55.007Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
1054711
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star this property date less than 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
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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 John Broadhurst 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, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the sentence delivered in the case of R v Broadhurst in December 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 216140 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 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
star this property answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Office received a number of referrals under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) Scheme for the case of R v Broadhurst.</p><p> </p><p>The Law Officers can only refer a sentence as unduly lenient if there has been a “gross error” resulting in the sentence being significantly below the level that any judge could reasonably have imposed. The power is one that should only be used in exceptional circumstances and it is not an automatic prosecution right of appeal.</p><p> </p><p>After reviewing the case I am satisfied that the judge approached the sentencing in the correct way and I have concluded that the sentence was not outside the range of sentences that were reasonably available to the judge. It would therefore not be right for me to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal.</p><p> </p><p>Sentencing is the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice while charging decisions are an independent matter for the Crown Prosecution Service.</p><p> </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 2019-02-11T15:18:29.183Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T15:18:29.183Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1056658
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star this property date less than 2019-02-07more like thismore than 2019-02-07
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Brexit 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, if he will place in the Library his advice on the legal implications of any changes made to the Withdrawal Agreement text between the UK and the EU ahead of the forthcoming vote on that Agreement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency St Albans more like this
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Mrs Anne Main more like this
star this property uin 218243 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
star this property answer text <p>The Government understands the legitimate desire of Parliament to understand the legal implications of the Withdrawal Agreement and will look at what assistance it can provide the House. The Government has already published a collection of material to support public and parliamentary assessment of the deal. In addition, on 14 January, I agreed to the Government publishing a letter from me to the Prime Minister about the exchange of letters between the Prime Minister and the Presidents of the European Council and Commission.</p><p> </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 2019-02-12T12:28:47.093Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-12T12:28:47.093Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Anne Main more like this
939882
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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
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 Magistrates' Courts: Convictions 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 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 is ministerial correction false more like this
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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unstar 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
942982
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star this property date less than 2018-07-17more like thismore than 2018-07-17
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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 National Fund 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, if he will seek the release of money from the National Fund in order to set up a fund for good causes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Croydon North more like this
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Mr Steve Reed more like this
star this property uin 165032 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 2018-07-23more like thismore than 2018-07-23
star this property answer text <p>The National Fund was created in 1928 with the purpose of paying off the entire national debt. At present the fund cannot be used unless it completely clears the national debt, due to the terms of the fund’s charitable trust.</p><p>On 22 May 2018 my predecessor made an application to the High Court to vary the terms of the charitable trust so that the National Fund can be used to help pay down the national debt.</p><p>It is now for the High Court to decide whether the terms of the charitable trust should be varied. If the application is successful the money in the fund will be paid over to the National Debt Commissioners towards the reduction of the national debt.</p><p>I consider that applying the fund in reduction of the national debt is the correct approach. This approach maintains the original charitable purpose of the national fund, namely the reduction of the national debt and it honours the original intention of the donors as a result of whose generosity the fund exists.</p><p>We await a hearing date from the High Court.</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
star this property grouped question UIN 165033 more like this
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less than 2018-07-23T09:29:57.717Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-23T09:29:57.717Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Steve Reed more like this
942984
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star this property date less than 2018-07-17more like thismore than 2018-07-17
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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 National Fund 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 progress he has made in his application to the High Court to release the money held by the National Fund. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Croydon North more like this
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Mr Steve Reed more like this
star this property uin 165033 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 2018-07-23more like thismore than 2018-07-23
star this property answer text <p>The National Fund was created in 1928 with the purpose of paying off the entire national debt. At present the fund cannot be used unless it completely clears the national debt, due to the terms of the fund’s charitable trust.</p><p>On 22 May 2018 my predecessor made an application to the High Court to vary the terms of the charitable trust so that the National Fund can be used to help pay down the national debt.</p><p>It is now for the High Court to decide whether the terms of the charitable trust should be varied. If the application is successful the money in the fund will be paid over to the National Debt Commissioners towards the reduction of the national debt.</p><p>I consider that applying the fund in reduction of the national debt is the correct approach. This approach maintains the original charitable purpose of the national fund, namely the reduction of the national debt and it honours the original intention of the donors as a result of whose generosity the fund exists.</p><p>We await a hearing date from the High Court.</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
star this property grouped question UIN 165032 more like this
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less than 2018-07-23T09:29:57.763Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-23T09:29:57.763Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Steve Reed more like this
947496
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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
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 Jon Venables and Robert Thompson more like this
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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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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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unstar 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
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 Jon Venables and Robert Thompson 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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unstar 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
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 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 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>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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unstar 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