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star this property date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Birmingham Prison 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 Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Statement of 2 April 2019, Official Report HCWS1475 on HMP Birmingham, if he will list the new approaches that have been delivered by the private sector referred to in that Statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds East more like this
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Richard Burgon more like this
star this property uin 247133 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Privately-managed prisons have pioneered the use of modern technology to improve the running of establishments and help promote rehabilitation. This includes the development of in-cell telephony to help prisoners maintain ties with their families; interactive story-time activities between prisoners and their children; and the introduction of electronic kiosks, which allow prisoners to have greater control of managing their day-to-day lives. The use of body-worn video cameras was introduced by private prisons. Private prisons also have excellent facilities as standard, such as showers in cells, which it is not possible to provide in our older prisons.</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 remove filter
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less than 2019-05-21T14:58:51.577Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T14:58:51.577Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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4493
unstar this property label Biography information for Richard Burgon more like this
1126107
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star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Rehabilitation Companies and National Probation Service for England and Wales 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 Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the workload of (a) community rehabilitation companies and (b) the National Probation Service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 253677 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We are currently recruiting more staff into the National Probation Service (NPS). Changes to the recruitment process and eligibility criteria for probation officers have been made resulting in increases in both the volume and diversity of probation officer applicants. A national campaign to recruit probation officers is underway and successful candidates will start in July 2019.</p><p>Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts require each CRC to maintain a sufficient level of staff and ensure that its workforce is competent and adequately trained. CRCs have the authority to manage staff numbers as per their business and operating models. Robust assurance of performance is provided through operational contract management backed up by regular Operational Assurance audits.</p><p>A probation worker’s tasks are not based solely on the number of cases they are managing, but the level of supervision each case requires. The Ministry of Justice publishes quarterly statistics showing the total caseload of both the 21 CRCs and the NPS in the Offender Management Statistics Bulletin, England and Wales: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/offender-management-statistics-quarterly</p><p>On 16 May 2019 the Government made an announcement by setting out plans for the future of probation in England and Wales. From spring 2021, our reforms will see a stronger role for the National Probation Service in managing all offenders, and therefore varying the work of NPS staff. We are in the process of gathering data on all staff across the probation system to inform our workforce planning for the new model.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 253687 more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T10:46:24.323Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T10:46:24.323Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126101
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star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Rehabilitation Companies: Contracts more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether community rehabilitation companies with a record of poor performance will be allowed to bid for future probation contracts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 253672 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We will award contracts to those best placed to carry them out. As with any major procurement exercise, all bidders will be subject to a rigorous assessment of their suitability and previous experience.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland remove filter
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less than 2019-05-21T13:34:48.367Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T13:34:48.367Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126098
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star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Rehabilitation Companies: Fines more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many financial penalties his Department has issued to community rehabilitation companies as a result of poor performance; and what the value was of those penalties in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 253670 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Having agreed to terminate CRC contracts early, we now expect expenditure on CRCs to be approximately £1.4 billion less in total than originally expected over the shortened lifetime of the contracts.</p><p>Between July 2015 and March 2018, £7.4m of financial penalties (known as service credits) were levied in total across all Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). As referenced in the National Audit Office report of 1 March 2019, £4.1m was applied and paid back to the Department and £3.3m was re-invested back into services by the CRCs.</p><p>Our starting presumption is that penalties are applied if accrued by CRCs for under-performance. Penalties have not been applied where we have agreed that factors out of the control of the CRC have led to the under-performance, or where a recalculation has shown that penalties should not have been triggered. On relevant occasions where it has been considered appropriate not to apply the penalties, we have sought to agree a reinvestment of the value of the penalty back into the delivery of services.</p><p>Contract Management Teams continue to closely monitor and robustly manage CRCs to ensure that they fulfil their contractual commitments and deliver value-for-money for the taxpayer.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 253671 more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T15:44:09.067Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:44:09.067Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126099
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star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Rehabilitation Companies: Fines more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department’s policy of suspending fines for community rehabilitation companies for poor performance; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 253671 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Having agreed to terminate CRC contracts early, we now expect expenditure on CRCs to be approximately £1.4 billion less in total than originally expected over the shortened lifetime of the contracts.</p><p>Between July 2015 and March 2018, £7.4m of financial penalties (known as service credits) were levied in total across all Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). As referenced in the National Audit Office report of 1 March 2019, £4.1m was applied and paid back to the Department and £3.3m was re-invested back into services by the CRCs.</p><p>Our starting presumption is that penalties are applied if accrued by CRCs for under-performance. Penalties have not been applied where we have agreed that factors out of the control of the CRC have led to the under-performance, or where a recalculation has shown that penalties should not have been triggered. On relevant occasions where it has been considered appropriate not to apply the penalties, we have sought to agree a reinvestment of the value of the penalty back into the delivery of services.</p><p>Contract Management Teams continue to closely monitor and robustly manage CRCs to ensure that they fulfil their contractual commitments and deliver value-for-money for the taxpayer.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 253670 more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T15:44:09.107Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:44:09.107Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126108
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star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Rehabilitation Companies: Judges more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to rebuild confidence in community rehabilitation companies with judges. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 253678 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>It is vital that the public and the judiciary have confidence in alternatives to custody such as community sentences, and the probation services who deliver them.</p><p> </p><p>On 16 May 2019 the Government set out plans for the future of probation in England and Wales. From spring 2021, our reforms will see a stronger role for the National Probation Service in managing all offenders, greater voluntary sector involvement in rehabilitation, and the private sector leading where it has specialist experience and can support innovation.</p><p> </p><p>By streamlining the system, our changes will improve the flow of information to sentencers on the probation services available in their areas. Our changes will also ensure a wider range of rehabilitative programmes, so that courts can better tailor community sentences to the individual needs of offenders.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the implementation of the “Liaison arrangements between sentencers and providers of probation services” Probation Instruction 05/2018 will ensure there is effective communication and dialogue with sentencers on issues of joint interest and concern.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland remove filter
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less than 2019-05-21T15:50:57.03Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:50:57.03Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126106
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star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Rehabilitation Companies: Staff more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that community rehabilitation companies maintain adequate levels of staff. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 253676 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts require each CRC to maintain a sufficient level of staff and ensure that its workforce is competent and adequately trained. Our Contract Management teams closely monitor and robustly manage providers to make sure they fulfil their commitments.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland remove filter
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less than 2019-05-21T15:41:43.28Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:41:43.28Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126097
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star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Rehabilitation Companies: Standards 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 Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken in relation to poor performance by community rehabilitation companies in the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 253669 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The performance of all CRCs is robustly managed by the department and we will not hesitate to take action if standards fall short. Contract Management teams rigorously monitor performance across all CRCs. Where poor performance has been identified; relevant contractual levers are applied including service credits and performance improvement plans to drive up the performance standards as required. As of July 2018, there were 35 specific improvement plans in place across 15 of the CRCs and covering 10 service metrics.</p><p> </p><p>On 16 May 2019 the Government made an announcement by setting out plans for the future of probation in England and Wales. From spring 2021, our reforms will see a stronger role for the National Probation Service in managing all offenders, greater voluntary sector involvement in rehabilitation, and the private sector leading where it has specialist experience and can support innovation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland remove filter
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less than 2019-05-21T16:13:18.697Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T16:13:18.697Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1127105
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star this property date less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Extortion: Prosecutions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions have been brought for the offence of blackmail against people that demanded money to leave sites which they are occupying illegally in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Chesterfield more like this
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Toby Perkins more like this
star this property uin 255320 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Information regarding prosecutions and convictions for blackmail offences from 2010 to 2018 can be found at the following link –</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/802314/outcomes-by-offence-tool-2018.xlsx" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/802314/outcomes-by-offence-tool-2018.xlsx</a></p><p> </p><p>Filter the ‘Offence’ field to ’35 Blackmail’ to obtain these figures. The total number of defendants proceeded against as well as those convicted of blackmail for the 2008-2018 decade will appear in the pivot table.</p><p> </p><p>However, specific information regarding blackmail offences, such as the offence of blackmail against people that demanded money to leave sites which they were occupying illegally, may be held on court record. But to be able to identify these cases, as they are not held centrally, we would have to access individual court records which would be of disproportionate cost.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland remove filter
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less than 2019-05-21T10:40:49.813Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T10:40:49.813Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Toby Perkins more like this
1126069
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star this property date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Glen Pava Prison and Wellingborough Prison: Contracts more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to open bids for contracts to operate HMP Wellingborough and HMP Glen Parva. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bradford East more like this
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Imran Hussain more like this
star this property uin 253599 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The mini competition for the operation of the prison at Wellingborough will be launched this summer following the award of the Prison Operator Framework, which is planned for June 2019</p><p>The launch of the mini competition for the operation of the prison at Glen Parva is anticipated to commence in 2021.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland remove filter
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less than 2019-05-21T16:09:06.543Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T16:09:06.543Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Imran Hussain more like this