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star this property date less than 2015-01-06more like thismore than 2015-01-06
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
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 Service Prosecuting Authority 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, how many times the Law Officers met the Director of the Services Prosecution Authority in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull East more like this
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Karl Turner more like this
star this property uin 219886 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
unstar this property answer text The Law Officers have met the Directors of the Service Prosecuting Authority regularly since 2010. However, as has been the case with successive administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings. more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2015-01-12T12:20:09.633Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-12T12:20:09.633Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Karl Turner more like this
516553
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star this property date less than 2016-04-28more like thismore than 2016-04-28
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
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 Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not prosecuted the reported 350 Jihadis who have returned to the UK and are suspected of having fought in Syria or Iraq. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL8065 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 2016-05-11more like thismore than 2016-05-11
unstar this property answer text The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has successfully prosecuted 35 cases involving 54 defendants who have returned to the UK and are suspected of having fought in Syria and / or Iraq. It currently has 13 such ongoing prosecutions involving 30 defendants. The Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland (PPSNI) is also dealing with one ongoing Syria-related prosecution. If there is evidence that people are going abroad to engage in terrorist activity, they can be arrested and prosecuted. They can also be arrested and prosecuted if they return to the UK. There are a wide range of offences that can be used to prosecute such individuals but each case has to be considered individually on its merits and whether an arrest or prosecution can take place will depend on the evidence available. If the police refer a case to the CPS, they consider whether the test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors is met. That is, whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for any offence and, if so, whether it is in the public interest to prosecute.
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2016-05-11T11:30:49.547Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-11T11:30:49.547Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Blencathra more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-18more like thismore than 2016-04-18
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
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 Homicide and Sexual Offences: Foreign Nationals more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of (a) murder, (b) rape and (c) sexual assault cases were prosecuted where the defendant was a non-EU national in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull East more like this
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Karl Turner more like this
star this property uin 34464 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-21more like thismore than 2016-04-21
unstar this property answer text The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain any centrally held data that would enable the identification of the nationality of any defendants, whether they are an EU national or not. Such information could only be obtained through a manual search of records which would incur disproportionate cost. more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2016-04-21T11:00:53.99Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-21T11:00:53.99Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Karl Turner more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-26more like thismore than 2014-11-26
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
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 Eleanor De Freitas 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 review into the death of Eleanor de Freitas. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Walsall South more like this
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Valerie Vaz more like this
star this property uin 216213 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 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
unstar this property answer text The Attorney General and I have regular discussions with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on a wide range of criminal matters and this has recently included the case involving Eleanor de Freitas. The DPP has made clear that she is looking at the detail surrounding the case and will be addressing the family’s concerns fully and directly. more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2014-12-02T11:56:10.17Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-02T11:56:10.17Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Valerie Vaz more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-08more like thismore than 2016-06-08
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Games more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked the Serious Fraud Office to investigate matters related to the sale and purchase of BHS. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL561 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 2016-06-21more like thismore than 2016-06-21
unstar this property answer text In all cases decisions to investigate are made by the Director of the Serious Fraud Office, who acts independently. In respect of BHS, the SFO has confirmed that it is reviewing material in its possession. If the Director considers there are reasonable grounds to suspect serious or complex fraud which meets his Statement of Principle, he will open a formal criminal investigation. more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2016-06-21T12:52:35.183Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-18more like thismore than 2015-11-18
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
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 Evidence more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of hearsay evidence in court proceedings in reducing the number of unsuccessful cases due to victim or witness issues; and what estimate he has made of the number of cases where hearsay evidence has been used by prosecutors in each year since 2010-11. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne North more like this
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Catherine McKinnell more like this
star this property uin 16836 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-23more like thismore than 2015-11-23
unstar this property answer text Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutors will apply to admit hearsay evidence where they consider it appropriate to do so and the legislation permits. However, the CPS does not record information on the number of cases where hearsay evidence has been used in the course of criminal proceedings. It follows, therefore, that no assessment of the effectiveness of the use of hearsay evidence in court proceedings in reducing the number of unsuccessful cases due to victim or witness issues is routinely conducted. 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 2015-11-23T09:36:38.163Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-23T09:36:38.163Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine McKinnell more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-27more like thismore than 2015-10-27
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Volkswagen more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether the Serious Fraud Office is undertaking an investigation into defeat devices used by Volkswagen in emissions tests. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wakefield more like this
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Mary Creagh more like this
star this property uin 13688 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-30more like thismore than 2015-10-30
unstar this property answer text As and when matters are brought to the attention of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) they are assessed in the context of the SFO's remit to investigate fraud, bribery and corruption. If appropriate, relevant matters will be considered for criminal investigation in line with SFO internal procedures. The SFO does not comment on its assessments or their status at any one time but does publish on its website details of those cases formally adopted for criminal investigation, when this is possible without prejudice to the investigation. more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2015-10-30T14:51:18.58Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-30T14:51:18.58Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mary Creagh more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-12more like thismore than 2015-10-12
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 remove filter
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 Social Media 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 steps he is taking to develop a greater level of public understanding of the legal framework for social media. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sherwood more like this
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Mark Spencer more like this
star this property uin 901586 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-15more like thismore than 2015-10-15
unstar this property answer text <p>While there is clearly some awareness of the legal framework applicable to social media, I nevertheless publish warnings online reminding people of their responsibilities, where appropriate. My office also on occasions sends tweets, warning social media users of the risks of being in contempt.</p><p><strong></strong>As far as the criminal law is concerned, the Crown Prosecution Service has issued detailed guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2015-10-15T11:56:44.923Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-15T11:56:44.923Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mark Spencer more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-02-10more like thismore than 2015-02-10
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Attorney General more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Contempt of Court 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 recent steps he has taken to promote awareness of the laws on contempt of court among social media users. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Exeter more like this
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Mr Ben Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin 224010 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-23more like thismore than 2015-02-23
unstar this property answer text <p>Where appropriate the Attorney General and I publish online the warnings about potentially prejudicial reporting that Attorneys General had previously only given to the mainstream media. My office also sends tweets warning social media users of the risks of being in contempt of court.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Attorney General has recently issued advice to social media users and others that identifying a victim in a sexual offence case is a criminal offence.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We continue to look at whether there is anything more that can be done to raise awareness in this area.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2015-02-23T12:49:20.68Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-23T12:49:20.68Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Ben Bradshaw more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-18more like thismore than 2014-11-18
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Attorney General more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Prosecutions 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 bring forward proposals to introduce a right of appeal against a charging decision of the Crown Prosecution Service on the grounds that it is unduly lenient. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
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Philip Davies more like this
star this property uin 214940 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
unstar this property answer text <p>Where a suspect is charged by the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) with a criminal offence, there are no plans to introduce a general right of appeal relating to the offence charged on the ground that it is too lenient. There are already a number of mechanisms in place to assess the quality of prosecutors’ decision making including external reviews by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and internal CPS processes such as Individual Quality Assessments.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Every charging decision made by the CPS must be in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors (“the Code”). Unless the Threshold Test is applied, there must be sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and it must be in the public interest to prosecute every offence charged. The Code requires that charges are selected which reflect the seriousness and extent of the offending, enable the case to be presented in a clear and simple way and give the courts adequate powers to sentence. The Code also makes it clear that review is a continuing process and that prosecutors must take account of any change in circumstances that develops as the case progresses.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Victims can currently exercise their rights under the CPS Victims’ Right to Review scheme. This scheme enables victims to request a review of a CPS decision made after 5<sup>th</sup> June 2013 not to bring charges, to discontinue proceedings, offer no evidence or leave certain charges to “lie on file”. In those cases where it has not been possible to resolve the issue to the victim’s satisfaction at a local level, the decision is independently reviewed.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2014-11-25T11:43:01.09Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-25T11:43:01.09Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this