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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Sexual Offences: Convictions 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, what steps the Government is taking to improve the conviction rate for rape and sexual offences. more like this
tabling member constituency Harlow more like this
tabling member printed
Robert Halfon more like this
uin 287542 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p><em>It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.</em></p> more like this
answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T16:42:25.113Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:42:25.113Z
answering member
1508
label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
tabling member
3985
label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
1145066
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Sexual Offences: Prosecutions 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, what steps he is taking to increase the number of reported rape and sexual offences that are brought to trial. more like this
tabling member constituency Harlow more like this
tabling member printed
Robert Halfon more like this
uin 287545 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p><em>It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.</em></p> more like this
answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
question first answered
remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:42:49.687Z
answering member
1508
label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
tabling member
3985
label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
1144509
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Sentencing 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, if he will extend the unduly lenient sentence scheme to cover (a) all serious crime cases and (b) cases tried at magistrates' courts. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 286310 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>The ULS scheme remains an important avenue for victims, family members and the public to ensure justice is delivered in the most serious cases.</p><p> </p><p>Since its inception in 1989, the ULS scheme has been extended to include additional offences, including some sexual offences, and offences involving child cruelty and modern slavery. In 2017 the Government re-committed in our manifesto to look at further extension and, as a result, the scheme was extended in 2017, and again in 2018, to include a number of terror-related offences.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to look carefully at the ambit of the scheme.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T08:28:20.767Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T08:28:20.767Z
answering member
1508
label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1142161
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: Pay 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, on how many occasions Crown Prosecution Service staff deputised for a role at a higher grade than their own but were not paid at the corresponding rate in each of the last four quarters. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 282467 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not keep records on how many occasions CPS staff deputised for a role at a higher grade than their own but were not paid at the corresponding rate. This data cannot be gathered without incurring disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T09:15:18.067Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T09:15:18.067Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1142163
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: Legal Profession 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, how many lawyers have been recruited to the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last four quarters. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 282468 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has recruited 197 lawyers over the last four quarters (July 2018 to June 2019). A breakdown is provided in the following table:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>QTR</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total number of lawyers - All legal grades</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>July – September 2018</p></td><td><p>41</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>October – December 2018</p></td><td><p>52</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January – March 2019</p></td><td><p>54</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>April – June 2019</p></td><td><p>50</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Grand Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>197</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p><p><em>Data Source: Trent HR Database</em></p> more like this
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T09:21:26.22Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T09:21:26.22Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1142164
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: Disclosure of Information 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, what recent assessment he has made of changes to workload in relation to disclosure for Crown Prosecution Service staff. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 282469 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Review published in November 2018 made a series of recommendations to improve disclosure practice. Since then, the Crown Prosecution Service, under Phase Two of the National Disclosure Improvement Plan, has undertaken a number of activities to increase the rigour and application of the disclosure test in volume crime.</p><p> </p><p>The explosion in both the capability and use of digital technology has brought new and significant challenges to criminal investigations and prosecutions. In recognition of the challenge posed by the proliferation of digital data, the CPS has delivered disclosure training to over 98% of prosecutors, and will commence a review, with the Home Office, under the National Disclosure Improvement Plan to identify scalable technological solutions in this space.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T09:17:08.487Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T09:17:08.487Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1142166
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: Staff 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, what assessment he has made of the effect on the outcome of legal cases of the removal of case progression officers from Crown Prosecution Service magistrates departments. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 282470 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>With the introduction of the Transforming Summary Justice (TSJ) initiative in May 2015, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) moved to full case ownership with individual lawyers being responsible for each contested case in the magistrates’ court until its conclusion. Case progression managers were removed from magistrates’ courts units, as their responsibilities and functions were now dealt with by the allocated lawyer under the supervision of their legal manager.</p><p> </p><p>Since the introduction of TSJ case outcomes and CPS performance in the magistrates’ court has been maintained or improved.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows magistrates’ courts performance between financial year 2014/15 to 2018/19.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014-15</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-16</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-17</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-18</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2018-19</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Average Number of hearings per case - Guilty Pleas</p></td><td><p>1.87</p></td><td><p>1.80</p></td><td><p>1.69</p></td><td><p>1.67</p></td><td><p>1.66</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Average Number of hearings per case - Contests</p></td><td><p>3.24</p></td><td><p>2.97</p></td><td><p>2.92</p></td><td><p>2.86</p></td><td><p>2.75</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dropped at third or subs</p></td><td><p>34.1%</p></td><td><p>30.5%</p></td><td><p>29.6%</p></td><td><p>28.4%</p></td><td><p>25.7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Conviction Rate</p></td><td><p>84.2%</p></td><td><p>83.8%</p></td><td><p>84.7%</p></td><td><p>84.8%</p></td><td><p>84.4%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Guilty Plea Rate (excl mixed pleas)</p></td><td><p>75.4%</p></td><td><p>74.8%</p></td><td><p>76.3%</p></td><td><p>76.3%</p></td><td><p>76.9%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><em>Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System (14 CPS Areas)</em></p>
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T09:12:27.35Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T09:12:27.35Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1142167
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: ICT 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, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Oracle Cloud system at the Crown Prosecution Service. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 282471 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>The CPS migrated to an Oracle Cloud system for Finance and Procurement functions on 1 April 2019.</p><p>The system is configured to ensure that it is fully compliant with Government Finance ‘Global Design Principles’ which are based on best practice and it also provides improved data security.</p><p>The Oracle Cloud system went live, as originally planned, on 1 April 2019 and was fully operational from that date. CPS completed their 2018-19 financial year-end on the new system and the resulting financial statements were successfully audited by the NAO.</p><p>The Government Internal Audit Department have been asked to conduct a review of the controls of the new Oracle Cloud system and the NAO have been asked to complete their annual technical audit of the new system at the earliest opportunity. This will provide the CPS with independent third party assurance of the effectiveness of the new system.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T09:03:55.94Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T09:03:55.94Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1142168
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: Leave 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, how many and what proportion of paid special leave requests by Crown Prosecution Service staff were granted in each (a) area and (b) directorate in each of the last four quarters. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 282472 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) granted 1,632 special leave requests in the last four quarters. These are broken down by quarter, Area, and Directorate in the below table:</p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="5"><p><strong>NUMBER OF APPROVED PAID SPECIAL LEAVE REQUESTS FROM 01/07/2018 - 30/06/2019 BY AREA/DIRECTORATE</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p>01/07/2018 - 30/09/2018</p></td><td><p>01/10/2018 - 31/12/2018</p></td><td><p>01/01/2019 - 31/03/2019</p></td><td><p>01/04/2019 - 30/06/2019</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>CENTRAL CASEWORK BUS CENTRE</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>CPS DIRECT</p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>41</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>16</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>CPS PROCEEDS OF CRIME</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>CYMRU WALES</p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>14</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>EAST MIDLANDS</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>15</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>26</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>EAST OF ENGLAND</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>13</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HQ DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HQ FINANCE</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HQ HR DIRECTORATE</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HQ OPERATIONS</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HQ PRIVATE OFFICE</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE &amp; ORGANISED CRIME</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>LONDON NORTH</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>LONDON SOUTH</p></td><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>44</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>26</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>MERSEY CHESHIRE</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>26</p></td><td><p>33</p></td><td><p>21</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>NORTH EAST</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>26</p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>18</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>NORTH WEST</p></td><td><p>49</p></td><td><p>62</p></td><td><p>65</p></td><td><p>41</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>SPECIAL CRIME AND COUNTER TERRORISM</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>16</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>SOUTH EAST</p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>15</p></td><td><p>15</p></td><td><p>22</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>SOUTH WEST</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>SPECIALIST FRAUD</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>THAMES AND CHILTERN</p></td><td><p>19</p></td><td><p>33</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>18</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>WESSEX</p></td><td><p>17</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>WEST MIDLANDS</p></td><td><p>16</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>10</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE</p></td><td><p>59</p></td><td><p>64</p></td><td><p>73</p></td><td><p>87</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>TOTAL:</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>383</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>442</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>440</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>367</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><em>Data Source: Trent HR database</em></p><p> </p><p>The CPS does not keep records of Special Leave requests from staff that are declined. As gathering the information would incur disproportionate cost, data to show the proportion of approved requests is not available.</p>
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T09:18:54.353Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T09:18:54.353Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1142169
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 remove filter
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: Personnel Management 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, what assessment he has made of the consistency of the application of human resources policies and guidance at the Crown Prosecution Service . more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 282473 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has effective mechanisms in place to ensure that Human Resource policies and guidance are applied consistently. These include:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>direct support and guidance from the Human Resources (HR) function that deploys professionally qualified HR staff across the business to aid line management’s understanding, and application of, policy and guidance;</p></li><li><p>a positive and constructive employee relations framework that enables prompt escalation of issues or concerns over policy application;</p></li><li><p>training and development programmes for all line managers that equips them with the skills for competent people management; and</p></li><li><p>structured and regular development and network sessions for operational HR teams where policies and issues are considered to ensure consistent application across CPS.</p></li></ul> more like this
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T09:01:52.11Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T09:01:52.11Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this