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star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-11-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Public Health Funerals 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 Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of pauper's funerals in each of the last three years; and what steps his Department is taking to support families on low incomes with the costs of funerals. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Mr Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 216270 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-12-02more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p /> <p>My department does not collect data on the number of Local Authority funerals.</p><p> </p><p>The Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme continues to provide help towards a simple, respectful, low-cost funeral and in 2013/14, over 33,000 awards were made worth £44.7 million, with an average award of £1,347.</p><p> </p><p>Social Fund Budgeting Loans are also available to those on income related benefits to cover costs relating to funeral expenses.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-12-02T11:44:12.043Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-02T11:44:12.043Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
166639
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-11-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Poverty: Children more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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 carried out any forecasts of the level of child poverty between now and 2020; and if so, whether they will be made public. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL3230 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government does not produce forecasts of the number of children living in income poverty as the number of children in poverty is dependent on factors which cannot be reliably predicted, such as the median income.</p><p> </p><p>The Government does measure annual child poverty statistics through the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series. Estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low income in the UK have consistently been reported since 1998/99; these are available for each financial year up to 2012/13, the latest period for which estimates are available.</p><p> </p><p>There has been no assessment of the impact on child poverty of the combined tax and benefit changes announced since May 2010. Available survey data does not allow the Government to robustly assess the combined effects of tax and benefit policy on households with children.</p><p> </p><p>However, this Government has taken unprecedented steps to assess the effects of its policy decisions across the distribution of household income, by publishing analysis of the cumulative effects of the tax and welfare measures announced at each fiscal event since the June Budget 2010. The latest analysis can be found in Chapter 2 of the attached report.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL3231 more like this
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less than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.767Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.767Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4308
unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
166640
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-11-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Poverty: Children more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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 calculated the impact on child poverty of the combined tax and benefit policy changes announced to date since May 2010. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL3231 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not produce forecasts of the number of children living in income poverty as the number of children in poverty is dependent on factors which cannot be reliably predicted, such as the median income.</p><p> </p><p>The Government does measure annual child poverty statistics through the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series. Estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low income in the UK have consistently been reported since 1998/99; these are available for each financial year up to 2012/13, the latest period for which estimates are available.</p><p> </p><p>There has been no assessment of the impact on child poverty of the combined tax and benefit changes announced since May 2010. Available survey data does not allow the Government to robustly assess the combined effects of tax and benefit policy on households with children.</p><p> </p><p>However, this Government has taken unprecedented steps to assess the effects of its policy decisions across the distribution of household income, by publishing analysis of the cumulative effects of the tax and welfare measures announced at each fiscal event since the June Budget 2010. The latest analysis can be found in Chapter 2 of the attached report.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL3230 more like this
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less than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.907Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.907Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4308
unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
155549
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star this property date less than 2014-11-11more like thismore than 2014-11-11
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Travel 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 total amount his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car hire in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Salisbury more like this
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John Glen more like this
star this property uin 214279 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-02-10more like thismore than 2015-02-10
star this property answer text <p /> <p>(a) This information has already been published and can be found at:</p><p> </p><p>(i) <a title="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080722/wmstext/80722m0008.htm" href="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080722/wmstext/80722m0008.htm" target="_blank">http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080722/wmstext/80722m0008.htm</a></p><p>(ii) <a title="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090716/wmstext/90716m0009.htm" href="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090716/wmstext/90716m0009.htm" target="_blank">http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090716/wmstext/90716m0009.htm</a></p><p>(iii) <a href="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101028/wmstext/101028m0001.htm#10102827000372" target="_blank">http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101028/wmstext/101028m0001.htm#10102827000372</a></p><p> </p><p>(b) To provide the ministerial spend for the other car hire will incur disproportionate costs.</p><p> </p><p>Under this Government the number of ministerial cars in the Department has fallen from four to one and the cost to the taxpayer reduced by 91%.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Selous more like this
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less than 2015-02-10T13:02:33.22Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-10T13:02:33.22Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Selous more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
156058
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star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Reoffenders 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 proportion of all recalls to prison have been fixed term recalls in each year since their introduction. 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 214735 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-19more like thismore than 2015-01-19
star this property answer text <p /> <p>A fixed-term recall is one where an offender on licence is recalled for a 28 day period before being automatically re-released. It is available only to those offenders on licence who are not assessed as presenting a high risk of harm to the public. Offenders who are assessed as presenting a high risk of harm are not eligible to receive a fixed-term recall and will be given a standard recall, under which they can remain in custody, potentially, until the end of their sentence. They will be released before the end of their sentence only if the Parole Board or Secretary of State is satisfied they no longer need to be detained to protect the public.</p><p> </p><p>The statutory provisions for fixed-term recalls were included in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and commenced in July 2008. The provisions were amended by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and commenced in December 2012. The amendments were designed to provide offender managers with additional flexibility to determine whether a fixed-term recall was the appropriate way to respond to an offender’s breach of his licence conditions, notwithstanding that he had been given a fixed-term recall on a previous occasion.</p><p> </p><p>This Government is introducing a new test, in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which must be applied to determine the type of recall given to an offender and to decide whether to re-release a recalled offender. The new test will ensure that any offender who has abused a fixed-term recall previously and persistently and wilfully refused to comply with his licence conditions will not receive a further fixed-term recall. The test will guide offender managers, so that all relevant considerations are taken into account before a decision is taken on the type of recall appropriate to deal with the breach of licence conditions. It will also ensure that a fixed-term recall is given only where we can be satisfied that the offender can be effectively managed when released after 28 days.</p><p> </p><p>The proportion of all recalls to prison that were fixed term given in the calendar years from 2008 is as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Calendar year</p></td><td><p>Total</p></td><td><p>Fixed Term Recall (FTR)</p></td><td><p>Proportion of Total Recalls which were FTRs</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014 (to June)</p></td><td><p>8412</p></td><td><p>3569</p></td><td><p>42%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>17330</p></td><td><p>7280</p></td><td><p>42%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>16481</p></td><td><p>5124</p></td><td><p>31%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>16227</p></td><td><p>4532</p></td><td><p>28%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>15479<sup>1</sup></p></td><td><p>4293<sup>1</sup></p></td><td><p>28%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>14,719<sup>1</sup></p></td><td><p>3,979<sup>1</sup></p></td><td><p>27%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008<sup>2</sup></p></td><td><p>13,554<sup>1</sup></p></td><td><p>1,722<sup>1</sup></p></td><td><p>13%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><sup>1</sup> denotes data that has not been published. It has been taken from a live database and as such, it is subject to change.</p><p> </p><p><sup>2</sup> the proportion of recalls which were FTRs in 2008 reflects that the FTR was available only from July 2008.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Selous more like this
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less than 2015-01-19T18:11:48.447Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-19T18:11:48.447Z
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1453
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Selous more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
166104
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star this property date less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Fraud 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 in how many localities, and at what cost, they have contracted with bus companies or public transport bodies to display advertisements on buses calling on people who know "benefit cheats" to inform the Department for Work and Pensions. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL3162 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Advertising on buses was targeted in 25 local authority areas at a cost of £219,786.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-12-09T16:40:33.423Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-09T16:40:33.423Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
157084
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star this property date less than 2014-11-20more like thismore than 2014-11-20
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading CAFCASS 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 what steps they are taking to ensure that Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff dealing with child protection cases involving children from minority religious faiths, such as the Charedim, have the necessary expertise to assess the impact of faith on those children when they advise the courts. more like this
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Lord Warner more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-12-04more like thismore than 2014-12-04
star this property answer text <p /> <p>All Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) practitioners are qualified social workers with experience of working with children and families to represent the best interests of children within family proceedings. It is the practitioner's responsibility to identify any diversity issues, including a child or family’s faith, in any case and to assess any safeguarding or welfare issues. Practitioners will analyse each individual child's circumstances, taking account of relevant aspects of the Welfare Checklist in section 1 of the Children Act 1989, when assessing their needs and how these are best met.</p><p> </p><p>Each Cafcass service area has a responsibility to identify the diversity needs of groups of children living in their area who they are working with, and to take action accordingly. Cafcass’ Equality and Diversity Strategy (2013-15) explains how it shares best practice across teams and service areas, collating lessons learnt from a range of sources. Where staff attend training courses, the learning is shared with the rest of the service area and communicated to Cafcass’ group of Diversity Ambassadors. Representatives from local groups are invited to team meetings to discuss the work that they do and practitioners are encouraged to use these groups as a resource when considering casework decisions.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-12-04T16:02:53.487Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-04T16:02:53.487Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Warner more like this
156094
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star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit 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 Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure effective joint working between his Department and relevant partners before introducing universal credit in new areas. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds West more like this
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Rachel Reeves more like this
star this property uin 214530 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-14more like thismore than 2015-01-14
star this property answer text <p /> <p>As part of our planning process we carry out a thorough internal and external assessment to ensure that Universal Credit can be rolled out safely and securely, and a strong delivery model exists between the department and local partners.</p><p>For example, internal delivery milestones must be checked and agreed to ensure that Jobcentres and their staff are ready to roll out Universal Credit. As part of this process external delivery partners will need to sign and agree a Delivery Partnership Agreement (DPA) to outline what services they will provide and to make available funded support for those who need extra help. In addition local authorities will need to sign and agree a Readiness Certificate to confirm that they are ready to roll out Universal Credit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-01-14T16:29:49.49Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-14T16:29:49.49Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rachel Reeves more like this
166609
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star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-11-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit 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 Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 13 of the summary of the National Audit Office report, Universal credit: progress update, published on 26 November 2014, what contingency plans are in place to cover the £2.8 billion additional staff cost necessary to roll-out the current service for universal credit if the digital service is delayed. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds West more like this
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Rachel Reeves more like this
star this property uin 216334 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-12-02more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p /> <p>As the NAO report makes clear, the £2.8bn figure is not a realistic assessment of the costs of running Universal Credit on a completely rolled out basis. Contingency plans are developed on an ongoing basis as part of the programme’s approach to integrated planning and risk management. The plans which cover all key areas of programme development and delivery are regularly assessed and refreshed as part of our ongoing governance of the Programme.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 216337 more like this
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less than 2014-12-02T16:09:40.5Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-02T16:09:40.5Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rachel Reeves more like this
166392
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star this property date less than 2014-11-26more like thismore than 2014-11-26
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisoners 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 proportion of the prison population was in jail for (a) sex-related offences, (b) vehicle crime, (c) violent crime, (d) drug-related offences, (e) benefit-related fraud and (f) non-benefit-related fraud in each year since 2005. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Chesterfield more like this
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Toby Perkins more like this
star this property uin 216063 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-12-03more like thismore than 2014-12-03
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Crime is falling and under this Government more offenders are going to prison and for longer. In 2012 the law was changed to introduce an automatic life sentence for a second very serious sexual or violent offence and there are several measures to strengthen sentencing in this area in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, currently going through Parliament.</p><p> </p><p>These include ending automatic half-way point release for criminals convicted of child rape and ensuring that all dangerous offenders who receive the tough Extended Determinate Sentence (EDS) are no longer automatically released two-thirds of the way through their custodial term. The Government has also banned the use of simple cautions for serious offences.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Information on the number of offenders in prison by offence group in England and Wales is published routinely in the ‘Offender Management Statistics Quarterly bulletin’ and can be found in Table A1.4 of the annual prison population tables. Copies of the current publication and those of previous years are available from the Library of the House and via the following link:</p><p><a title="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/339036/prison-population-2014.xls" href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/339036/prison-population-2014.xls" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/339036/prison-population-2014.xls</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Selous more like this
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less than 2014-12-03T17:35:39.397Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-03T17:35:39.397Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Selous more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Toby Perkins more like this