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star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme: Finance 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 assessment he has made of the potential merits of re-allocating the funding for legal aid for immigration cases to domestic family law mediation cases. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Yeovil more like this
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Mr Marcus Fysh more like this
star this property uin 270422 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 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>Mediation for family law cases is already available under Part I of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).</p><p> </p><p>The department recently conducted an extensive review of LASPO and has announced several changes as part of the Legal Support Action Plan. These included expanding the scope of legal aid in family law to cover representation for special guardianship orders and placement orders.</p><p> </p><p>Data is not held on successful cases, but the Legal Aid Agency does hold data on cases that have started (and are funded by legal aid). These statistics are included below for both family law mediation and immigration cases for the last three years:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>Legal aid in cases involving family law mediation </strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Financial Year</p></td><td><p>Family Mediation <br> starts</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>7,611</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>6,302</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>6,515</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="23"><p>Note: ‘Proportion started’ data is not held for family mediation matters, as the application process and decision on whether to grant funding is devolved to the solicitor in question (the provider).</p></td><td colspan="2"><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Legal aid in cases involving Immigration </strong></p></td><td colspan="3"><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p>Legal help</p></td><td colspan="6"><p>Civil representation</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Financial Year</p></td><td><p>Grants</p></td><td><p>Applications</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>Grants</p></td><td colspan="3"><p>Proportion granted</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>29,111</p></td><td><p>1,904</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>1,404</p></td><td colspan="3"><p>74%</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>26,609</p></td><td><p>1,596</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>1,203</p></td><td colspan="3"><p>75%</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>28,821</p></td><td><p>1,535</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>1,155</p></td><td colspan="3"><p>75%</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="20"><p><em>Legal help</em> is assistance short of representation. Note: ‘Proportion granted’ data is not held for Legal Help matters, as the application process and decision on whether to grant funding is devolved to the solicitor in question (the provider).</p></td><td colspan="3"><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 270423 more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T10:22:55.7Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T10:22:55.7Z
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3926
star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
star this property tabling member
4446
star this property label Biography information for Mr Marcus Fysh more like this
1135290
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme 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 and what proportion of applications for legal aid in relation to (a) family law mediation costs and (b) immigration cases were successful since 2016. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Yeovil more like this
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Mr Marcus Fysh more like this
star this property uin 270423 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 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>Mediation for family law cases is already available under Part I of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).</p><p> </p><p>The department recently conducted an extensive review of LASPO and has announced several changes as part of the Legal Support Action Plan. These included expanding the scope of legal aid in family law to cover representation for special guardianship orders and placement orders.</p><p> </p><p>Data is not held on successful cases, but the Legal Aid Agency does hold data on cases that have started (and are funded by legal aid). These statistics are included below for both family law mediation and immigration cases for the last three years:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>Legal aid in cases involving family law mediation </strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Financial Year</p></td><td><p>Family Mediation <br> starts</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>7,611</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>6,302</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>6,515</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="23"><p>Note: ‘Proportion started’ data is not held for family mediation matters, as the application process and decision on whether to grant funding is devolved to the solicitor in question (the provider).</p></td><td colspan="2"><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Legal aid in cases involving Immigration </strong></p></td><td colspan="3"><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p>Legal help</p></td><td colspan="6"><p>Civil representation</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Financial Year</p></td><td><p>Grants</p></td><td><p>Applications</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>Grants</p></td><td colspan="3"><p>Proportion granted</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>29,111</p></td><td><p>1,904</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>1,404</p></td><td colspan="3"><p>74%</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>26,609</p></td><td><p>1,596</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>1,203</p></td><td colspan="3"><p>75%</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>28,821</p></td><td><p>1,535</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>1,155</p></td><td colspan="3"><p>75%</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="20"><p><em>Legal help</em> is assistance short of representation. Note: ‘Proportion granted’ data is not held for Legal Help matters, as the application process and decision on whether to grant funding is devolved to the solicitor in question (the provider).</p></td><td colspan="3"><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 270422 more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T10:22:56.573Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T10:22:56.573Z
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3926
star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
star this property tabling member
4446
star this property label Biography information for Mr Marcus Fysh more like this
1041380
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-01-14more like thismore than 2019-01-14
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Press Recognition Panel 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, for what reason the Press Recognition Panel was added to his Ministerial responsibilities; and what assessment he has made of the effect of that decision on the work of the Panel. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Wrexham more like this
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Ian C. Lucas more like this
star this property uin 208225 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 2019-01-17more like thismore than 2019-01-17
star this property answer text <p>The Royal Charter establishing the Press Recognition Panel sets out the responsibilities of the Lord Chancellor. Other than in his role as Lord Chancellor, the Secretary of State for Justice does not have any ministerial responsibilities in respect of the Panel.</p><p> </p><p>HM Treasury determined that the Press Recognition Panel should fall under the Ministry of Justice Departmental Boundary for Estimates and Accounts purposes, this is purely an administrative action. There is no charge in terms of the Lord Chancellor's responsibilities as set out in the Royal Charter, and the Panel remains outside the Secretary of State's responsibilities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood more like this
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-01-17T16:44:24.37Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-17T16:44:24.37Z
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4362
star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
star this property tabling member
1470
star this property label Biography information for Ian C. Lucas more like this
1135029
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Probation: Artificial Intelligence 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 recent discussions his Department has had with (a) community rehabilitation companies and (b) the Probation Service on the use of algorithms in the probation system. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Wrexham more like this
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Ian C. Lucas more like this
star this property uin 269689 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 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>Algorithmic tools are used both by the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies to support decision making and aid professional judgement in assessing the level of risk posed by offenders. We have internal processes in place to ensure we develop and roll-out algorithmic models appropriately and responsibly and are working with The Alan Turing Institute to make sure the use of these models is ethical, safe and fair. These tools are one element of a number of measures for assessing the risk of re-offending: In all cases, the professional judgement of the offender manager is a key factor in deciding what measures are needed to manage an offender and prevent re-offending.</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 2019-07-01T16:46:45.96Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T16:46:45.96Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
star this property tabling member
1470
star this property label Biography information for Ian C. Lucas more like this
1135180
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Working Links: Wales 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, if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract for the Transforming Rehabilitation scheme agreed with Working Links in Wales. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Wrexham more like this
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Ian C. Lucas more like this
star this property uin 270316 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 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
star this property answer text <p>Details for the contract Transforming Rehabilitation contracts with Working Links in Wales are published on Contracts Finder;</p><p><a href="https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/933013f7-cfc2-4880-8e84-0bdb84d7e94f?p=@FQxUlRRPT0=NjJNT08=U" target="_blank">https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/933013f7-cfc2-4880-8e84-0bdb84d7e94f?p=@FQxUlRRPT0=NjJNT08=U</a></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 2019-07-02T14:45:48.073Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:45:48.073Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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1470
star this property label Biography information for Ian C. Lucas more like this
1136212
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisoners' Release 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 guidance his Department has issued to (a) probation services and (b) community rehabilitation companies on the use of algorithms in relation to recall decisions following a breach of licence conditions. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Wrexham more like this
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Ian C. Lucas more like this
star this property uin 272181 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 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>All probation providers must adhere to the published Policy Framework on Recall, Review and Re-Release of Recalled Prisoners, including on the steps Responsible Officers must take to satisfy themselves that a recall request is appropriate. The Policy Framework also contains the ‘Recall Best Practice Guide: Working with Recalled Prisoners’ for use by all probation and prison staff involved in the recall process.</p><p>The Policy Framework is available online here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recall-review-and-re-release-of-recalled-prisoners" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recall-review-and-re-release-of-recalled-prisoners</a></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 2019-07-08T15:44:46.013Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T15:44:46.013Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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1470
star this property label Biography information for Ian C. Lucas more like this
1136214
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisoners' Release 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 discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the sharing of information between the two Departments to inform decisions on recall following breach of licence conditions. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Wrexham more like this
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Ian C. Lucas more like this
star this property uin 272182 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 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
star this property answer text <p>Probation services supervise offenders on licence and, if offenders breach their conditions, the Offender Manager will assess their level of risk and, if the conclusion is that the offender cannot be safely managed in the community, will recall the offender to prison. Officials in the Public Protection Casework Section in HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) will then formally revoke the offender’s licence. Public protection is our priority.</p><p> </p><p>HMPPS engagement about information sharing is primarily with the Police as it is the Chief Constable of each police force who is responsible for operational policing decisions. Police officers will sometimes receive or obtain information about an offender on licence which is relevant for the purposes of determining whether the offender has breached his licence conditions. I have asked my officials to work with the Police to ensure that police officers have a sound understanding of the system of licensed supervision and of the importance of sharing information with probation services as soon as possible whenever an offender on licence comes to their attention.</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 2019-07-11T15:54:33.223Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-11T15:54:33.223Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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1470
star this property label Biography information for Ian C. Lucas more like this
1136215
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Rehabilitation Companies: Artificial Intelligence 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 process is used by his Department to monitor the use of algorithms by community rehabilitation companies. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Wrexham more like this
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Ian C. Lucas more like this
star this property uin 272183 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 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Justice assesses the quality of alternative risk assessment tools proposed by Community Rehabilitation Companies and sets a number of conditions for approval including a requirement for ongoing research and evaluation to ensure the tool is fit for purpose. Under our proposals for future probation arrangements responsibility for undertaking risk assessment processes will sit with staff in the National Probation Service.</p><p>We are still at the early stages of using algorithms in the criminal justice system, primarily as decision support tools to aid professional judgement. We have internal process in place to ensure we develop and roll-out algorithmic models appropriately and responsibly and are working with The Alan Turing Institute to make sure use of these models is ethical, safe and fair</p><p>These tools are one element of a number of measures for assessing the risk of re-offending: offender managers make robust risk assessments based on their professional expertise. The most complex cases, and those with the highest assessed risk of re-offending or causing harm, will attract the most intensive intervention. In all cases, the professional judgement of the offender manager is a key factor in deciding what measures are needed to manage an offender and prevent re-offending.</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 2019-07-08T15:43:45.33Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T15:43:45.33Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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1470
star this property label Biography information for Ian C. Lucas more like this
1124338
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisoners: Hepatitis 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 is taking to support NHS England's plan to eliminate Hepatitis C in England by 2025, especially with regard to the prison service. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Worthing West more like this
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Sir Peter Bottomley more like this
star this property uin 249814 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 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
star this property answer text <p>We recognise the unique opportunity that custody offers to identify and encourage individuals with Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) to engage in treatment. NHS England are responsible for commissioning and delivering health services in prisons and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) are responsible for enabling access to healthcare services for those in custody. We are fully supportive of the work being done by NHS England and Public Health England to meet the 2025 target for the elimination of Hepatitis C in England.</p><p> </p><p>An opt-out policy for BBV testing was introduced in 2013, under the previous National Partnership Agreement for Prison Healthcare in England (NPA) between NHS England (NHSE), Public Health England (PHE) and HMPPS (then NOMS). Full implementation of the opt-out testing policy for BBVs in all adult prisons in England was achieved in March 2018. Since opt-out testing was introduced, the uptake of BBV testing in prisons has increased from a baseline of 4% to 29%. This figure is an aggregate for all prisons, with some far exceeding the average uptake. This shared commitment to tackling the spread of infectious diseases, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, in prisons was reaffirmed in the new NPA between NHSE, PHE, HMPPS, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and MoJ, published in April 2018.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to work with our health partners to identify points of attrition and barriers to testing uptake, as well as with organisations, such as the Hepatitis C Trust, to raise awareness among prison staff and prisoners about the importance of testing for BBV.</p><p> </p><p>We are currently reviewing the process by which defendants access essential medication whilst in the custody of the Prisoner Escort and Custody Services to ensure that it is fit for purpose and to consider further improvements. Additionally, current processes for Discharge Planning will be enhanced as a part of the Hepatitis C Pathways work being carried out by NHS England. This will ensure that individuals diagnosed with Hepatitis C who leave prison, transfer between prisons and attend court have their medication with them and have detailed instructions about accessing treatment specialists in the community. Treatment for Hepatitis C uses high value drugs, and ensuring that the full course follows the individual through the criminal justice system is a high priority for NHS England. Current processes will also be augmented by Hepatitis C Trust community peer workers engaging with people leaving prison, and through enhanced continuity of care arrangements under RECONNECT as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood more like this
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
249815 more like this
249816 more like this
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less than 2019-05-14T15:39:22.09Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T15:39:22.09Z
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4362
star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Peter Bottomley more like this
1124339
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisoners: Viral Diseases 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 is taking to address the variation in (a) practice and (b) uptake of opt-out testing for blood borne viruses such as hepatitis C and HIV in prisons. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Worthing West more like this
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Sir Peter Bottomley more like this
star this property uin 249815 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 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
star this property answer text <p>We recognise the unique opportunity that custody offers to identify and encourage individuals with Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) to engage in treatment. NHS England are responsible for commissioning and delivering health services in prisons and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) are responsible for enabling access to healthcare services for those in custody. We are fully supportive of the work being done by NHS England and Public Health England to meet the 2025 target for the elimination of Hepatitis C in England.</p><p> </p><p>An opt-out policy for BBV testing was introduced in 2013, under the previous National Partnership Agreement for Prison Healthcare in England (NPA) between NHS England (NHSE), Public Health England (PHE) and HMPPS (then NOMS). Full implementation of the opt-out testing policy for BBVs in all adult prisons in England was achieved in March 2018. Since opt-out testing was introduced, the uptake of BBV testing in prisons has increased from a baseline of 4% to 29%. This figure is an aggregate for all prisons, with some far exceeding the average uptake. This shared commitment to tackling the spread of infectious diseases, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, in prisons was reaffirmed in the new NPA between NHSE, PHE, HMPPS, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and MoJ, published in April 2018.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to work with our health partners to identify points of attrition and barriers to testing uptake, as well as with organisations, such as the Hepatitis C Trust, to raise awareness among prison staff and prisoners about the importance of testing for BBV.</p><p> </p><p>We are currently reviewing the process by which defendants access essential medication whilst in the custody of the Prisoner Escort and Custody Services to ensure that it is fit for purpose and to consider further improvements. Additionally, current processes for Discharge Planning will be enhanced as a part of the Hepatitis C Pathways work being carried out by NHS England. This will ensure that individuals diagnosed with Hepatitis C who leave prison, transfer between prisons and attend court have their medication with them and have detailed instructions about accessing treatment specialists in the community. Treatment for Hepatitis C uses high value drugs, and ensuring that the full course follows the individual through the criminal justice system is a high priority for NHS England. Current processes will also be augmented by Hepatitis C Trust community peer workers engaging with people leaving prison, and through enhanced continuity of care arrangements under RECONNECT as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood more like this
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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249814 more like this
249816 more like this
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less than 2019-05-14T15:39:22.15Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T15:39:22.15Z
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4362
star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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117
star this property label Biography information for Sir Peter Bottomley more like this