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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 more like this
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Sexual Offences more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Attorney General, whether he has had discussions with the CPS on removing reference to the merits-based approach from (a) guidance and (b) training materials on rape and sexual offences. more like this
tabling member constituency Harlow more like this
tabling member printed
Robert Halfon more like this
uin 266818 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>Rape and serious sexual offences are horrific crimes and can have a devastating impact on victims, and the CPS will always seek to prosecute where there is sufficient evidence to do so. The Attorney General and I regularly discuss issues related to rape and sexual offences with the CPS; however, charging decisions are made independently by the CPS.</p><p> </p><p>There has been no change in policy in how the CPS makes charging decisions in rape cases. Prosecutors in the CPS follow a ‘Code’, which sets out a well-established two stage test that a case must pass before a charge can be made. The first stage of this test is the evidential stage, which considers whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against each suspect on each charge. That test has remained and continues to remain the same. It applies to every single offence no matter how minor or serious.</p><p> </p><p>The Code that prosecutors follow has never included any specific reference to a merits-based assessment of the realistic prospect of conviction because it is an integral part of the evidential test. The second stage of the test is whether it is in the public interest to proceed with a prosecution, this is considered after the evidential stage is fulfilled.</p><p> </p><p>From 2009, DPP guidance included reference to a merits based approach.</p><p> </p><p>Following an inspection by HMCPSI in 2016, it became clear that including a separate reference to the merits based approach in the guidance was causing confusion leading to the incorrect application of the code test. To avoid this confusion, changes were made to the guidance provided by the DPP to prosecutors, including removing a document on the merits based approach.</p><p> </p><p>Those changes should not have, and did not have any impact on the proper application of the Code test that prosecutors follow when making a decision on whether to charge.</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T12:06:30.213Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T12:06:30.213Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
3985
label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
1132666
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept id 53 more like this
answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
hansard heading Public Sector: Staff more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, what is the percentage breakdown of public sector employees by (1) gender, and (2) ethnicity, for each region of the United Kingdom. more like this
tabling member printed
Viscount Waverley more like this
uin HL16444 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.</p><p>Dear Viscount Waverley,</p><p><br>As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking what the percentage breakdown of public sector employees is by (1) gender, and (2) ethnicity for each region of the United Kingdom (HL164444).</p><p><br>Estimates of employees by sector of employment are available from the Annual Population Survey (APS), a household survey of people in the UK. In the APS, the distinction between public and private sector is based on respondents’ views about the organisation for which they work. This may differ from how we would classify them for the headline measure of public sector employment. The APS also collects information regarding respondents’ sex and ethnicity.</p><p> </p><p>Table 1 contains estimates of the percentage of public sector employees broken down by sex within each region. Table 2 contains estimates of the percentage of public sector employees broken down by ethnicity within each region. Both breakdowns use APS data for April 2018 to March 2019, the latest period for which data are available.</p><p>As the data are quite extensive, copy of both tables have been placed in the House of Commons Library.</p><p><br>Yours sincerely,</p><p><br><strong>John Pullinger</strong></p>
answering member printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T13:49:32.047Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T13:49:32.047Z
answering member
57
label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
attachment
1
file name HL16444 - Table.xlsx more like this
title UKSA Final Response more like this
tabling member
1744
label Biography information for Viscount Waverley more like this
1133479
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Satellite Communications: Procurement more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the Service Delivery Wrap, and (2) the Global Interconnect Network, still form part of the Skynet acquisition and tender process. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Robathan more like this
uin HL16514 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>It is confirmed that both the Service Delivery Wrap and the Global Interconnect Network form part of the ongoing SKYNET 6 Acquisition Programme.</p> more like this
answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T13:18:43.407Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T13:18:43.407Z
answering member
2000
label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
tabling member
334
label Biography information for Lord Robathan more like this
1133821
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Bahrain: Military Aid more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 June (HL15900), whether the British Armed Forces have provided training to the Royal Guard of Bahrain at any time over the past three years; if so, on what dates the training was delivered; and what was the purpose of any such training. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Scriven more like this
uin HL16572 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The British Armed Forces provided the Bahrain Royal Guard with physical training instruction in 2018, and close protection and military annual training tests (medical and basic life support) training in 2019.</p> more like this
answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T13:19:00.583Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T13:19:00.583Z
answering member
2000
label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
tabling member
4333
label Biography information for Lord Scriven more like this
1132623
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Television: Licensing more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place for the BBC to receive information about those in receipt of Pension Credit; and whether they are satisfied that any such measures comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
uin HL16401 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The BBC is responsible for the cost and the administration of the over 75 licence fee concession from June 2020, including data protection compliance.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The BBC proposes to operate a self-verification model for the over 75 licence fee concession from June 2020, with those who consider themselves eligible responsible for sharing evidence of their entitlement directly with the BBC.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>However, any necessary changes should be as easy to understand as possible and we look forward to hearing more about the detailed plans for communicating and implementing this change from the BBC.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T13:19:28.977Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T13:19:28.977Z
answering member
4247
label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
tabling member
579
label Biography information for Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
1132624
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Television: Licensing more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish details of the agreement reached with the BBC about the TV licence fee arrangements for those who are 75 or over, in particular how the agreement will be enforced. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
uin HL16402 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The decision on the future of the free TV licence fee concession is entirely a matter for the BBC. In the 2015 funding settlement, we agreed that responsibility for the concession would transfer to the BBC in June 2020. The agreement became part of the Digital Economy Act 2017, discussed and passed by the House, and enshrined in the new Royal Charter in 2017. Both the Act and the Royal Charter are already in the public domain.</p><p> </p><p>The BBC conducted an extensive public consultation with over 190,000 responses, before coming to a view that only those aged 75 and above and in receipt of pension credit will continue to receive a free television licence.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State expressed disappointment with the BBC for taking the most narrowly focused reform option despite receiving its highest ever level of licence fee funding. We have asked the BBC to do more to help the most vulnerable groups affected by the decision.</p><p> </p><p>Enforcement of the licence fee is also a matter for the BBC. But we have asked the BBC to consider among its measures of support for vulnerable groups, those which might alleviate concerns around enforcement among the over 75s.</p>
answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T13:45:35.167Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T13:45:35.167Z
answering member
4247
label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
tabling member
579
label Biography information for Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
1132625
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Television: Licensing more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to enforce the proposed new licence fee arrangement for those aged 75 or over, in the event of non-payment. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
uin HL16403 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The decision on the future of the free TV licence fee concession is entirely a matter for the BBC. In the 2015 funding settlement, we agreed that responsibility for the concession would transfer to the BBC in June 2020. The agreement became part of the Digital Economy Act 2017, discussed and passed by the House, and enshrined in the new Royal Charter in 2017. Both the Act and the Royal Charter are already in the public domain.</p><p> </p><p>The BBC conducted an extensive public consultation with over 190,000 responses, before coming to a view that only those aged 75 and above and in receipt of pension credit will continue to receive a free television licence.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State expressed disappointment with the BBC for taking the most narrowly focused reform option despite receiving its highest ever level of licence fee funding. We have asked the BBC to do more to help the most vulnerable groups affected by the decision.</p><p> </p><p>Enforcement of the licence fee is also a matter for the BBC. But we have asked the BBC to consider among its measures of support for vulnerable groups, those which might alleviate concerns around enforcement among the over 75s.</p>
answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T13:46:54.783Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T13:46:54.783Z
answering member
4247
label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
tabling member
579
label Biography information for Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
1132647
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Hate Crime: Internet more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made, further to the Law Commission’s Scoping Report on Abusive and Offensive Online Communications published on 1 November 2018, to improve the current criminal law concerning abusive and offensive online communications, in order to tackle online abuse more effectively. more like this
tabling member printed
The Marquess of Lothian more like this
uin HL16425 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport and the Ministry of Justice have engaged the Law Commission on a second phase of their review of abusive and offensive online communications. This will begin in July 2019 and will build on the analysis undertaken for the Scoping Report.</p><p>In Phase 2, the Law Commission will review existing communications offences to establish whether the law is fit for purpose, and make specific recommendations about options for reform in this area. This will include considering whether co-ordinated harassment by groups of people online could be more effectively dealt with by the criminal law.</p><p>The Law Commission will also look at the criminal law around the non-consensual taking and sharing of intimate images. The review will look at existing offences and identify whether there are any gaps in the scope of the protection already offered to victims, making recommendations to ensure that the criminal law provides consistent and effective protection against the creation and sharing of intimate images without consent.</p>
answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T11:40:45.893Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T11:40:45.893Z
answering member
4247
label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
tabling member
259
label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1133845
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-21more like thismore than 2019-06-21
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Television: Licensing more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government plans to take to help protect vulnerable older people from prosecution for unpaid TV licences. more like this
tabling member constituency Huddersfield more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
uin 267716 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The BBC is responsible for the collection and enforcement of the licence fee, not government.</p><p> </p><p>The BBC set out in its decision document on the future of the over 75 licence fee concession that enforcement action would be a last resort, and that it will consider ‘people’s vulnerability'.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Stourbridge more like this
answering member printed Margot James more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T13:42:56.383Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T13:42:56.383Z
answering member
4115
label Biography information for Margot James more like this
tabling member
411
label Biography information for Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
1132312
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-14more like thismore than 2019-06-14
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading English Language: Education more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) review the provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) for recognised refugees, and (2) issue guidance on funding and best practice for ESOL. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL16381 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The government recognises that learning English is essential in enabling refugees to rebuild their lives. We are working across government to develop a new strategy for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in 2019. This strategy will provide a shared vision for all publicly funded English language provision, including addressing the needs of refugees.</p><p>The department funds ESOL through the Adult Education Budget (AEB), which is allocated to providers on an annual basis. Colleges and adult learning providers have the freedom and flexibility to determine how they use their AEB allocation to meet the needs of their communities. This includes planning, with local partners, the ESOL courses that they will deliver locally. The AEB also provides additional support for learners who face specific financial hardship which is preventing them from taking part and/or continuing in learning.</p><p>The Home Office and the Department for Education have also provided £10 million to enable refugees resettled through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme to access additional classes.</p>
answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
grouped question UIN HL16382 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-28T11:41:07.853Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T11:41:07.853Z
answering member
4689
label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this