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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading thebigword more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when the contract with thebigword to provide interpreting and translation services in the criminal justice system will be reviewed. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Coussins more like this
uin HL20 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
answer text <p>The Language Services contracts commenced on 31 October 2016, with thebigword appointed as providers of spoken face to face, telephone and video interpretation as well as translation and transcription services.</p><p> </p><p>The initial term of the contracts is four years with up to three one-year extensions available.</p><p> </p><p>The initial term of the contracts with thebigword is due to expire on 30th October 2020. The first option to extend for one-year has been agreed for translation and transcription services, and has also been approved for spoken face to face, telephone and video interpretation services.</p><p> </p><p>The future of the contract, including the possibility of further extensions, is currently being considered.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-10-21T15:27:36.873Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T15:27:36.873Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
3829
label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
672268
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading thebigword more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a target figure for cost savings for the provision of court interpreters under the contract with <i>thebigword</i>; and if so, what is it, and against what baseline it is measured. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Coussins more like this
uin HL4606 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-01-26more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>The Ministry is committed to ensuring the justice system is supported by a range of quality language services that meet the needs of all those that require them.</p><p> </p><p>All our new language service contracts contain robust performance and charging provisions which are designed to ensure the value for money and affordability of the services provided by the department's suppliers. However, we have not felt it appropriate to set a target figure for cost savings for the provision of court interpreters, which is a demand-led service, given the importance we attach to the provision of such support to those who most need it.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-01-26T14:22:30.823Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T14:22:30.823Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
3829
label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
672269
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading thebigword more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the contract with <i>thebigword</i> for court interpreters specifies any particular level or type of qualification which individual interpreters are expected to have. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Coussins more like this
uin HL4607 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-01-26more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>The Ministry is committed to ensuring the justice system is supported by a range of high quality language services that meet the needs of all those that require them.</p><p> </p><p>Bookings are classified depending on their complexity level, namely: ‘standard’, ‘complex’ and ‘complex written’. These complexity levels were determined by each Commissioning Body.</p><p> </p><p>I can confirm that the contract sets out the minimum level of qualification and experience a language professional is required to have in order to work on each complexity level of booking. Details of these qualifications can be found at: <a href="https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/975cb99e-fec6-430f-8f31-fd532a907137" target="_blank">https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/975cb99e-fec6-430f-8f31-fd532a907137</a></p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-01-26T14:23:54.683Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T14:23:54.683Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
3829
label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
672273
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading thebigword more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government which company, or companies, are being sub-contracted by <i>thebigword</i> to provide court interpreting services; and whether those companies are subject to quality assurance. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Coussins more like this
uin HL4611 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-01-26more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>To ensure a high and consistent level of fulfilment across all geographical areas and in rare languages, thebigword have partnered with a number of subcontractors, namely: Global Language Services Limited, Cintra Translations Limited, Debonair Languages Ltd, Supreme Linguistic Services Ltd, Mango Spice Language Solutions, J-anne Interpreting and Translation Service Limited, Global Translation Services and Language River.</p><p> </p><p>Thebigword must ensure that its subcontracts contain obligations no less onerous on the sub-contractor than those imposed on them by the Ministry, including those relating to quality and performance standards. Thebigword are also responsible for carrying out audits to ensure subcontractor adherence to the contract service specification.</p><p> </p><p>All language professionals provided by thebigword, whether directly or via subcontractor, will be subject to ongoing quality assurance provided by The Language Shop. This includes a programme of 'spot checks' of interpreters undertaking assignments.</p>
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-01-26T14:27:17.82Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T14:27:17.82Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
3829
label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
680946
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-01-30more like thismore than 2017-01-30
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Youth Justice: Travellers more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations by the Traveller Movement in its report <i>Overlooked and Overrepresented: Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children in the youth justice system, </i>to address the poorer outcomes for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children in youth justice, and in particular the case for the Youth Justice Board to update its ethnicity data collection system to include Gypsy and Traveller categories. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Beecham more like this
uin HL5072 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-02-09more like thismore than 2017-02-09
answer text <p>We have made clear that, outcomes for children in custody are not good enough. This is evident for all young offenders, including those who identify as Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT).</p><p> </p><p>It is noteworthy, however, that in the 2015/16 ‘Children in Custody’ report that describes the number of GRT children in young offender institutions (YOI), that participation in education, work or vocational or skills training in custody is higher for those identifying as GRT in YOIs when compared to the rest of the cohort.</p><p> </p><p>In December we set out our response to Charlie Taylor’s review of the youth justice system and how we will improve outcomes for young people across the youth custodial estate. Measures include developing a new pre-apprenticeship pathway to ensure that all children and young people are in education, training or employment on their release, boosting the number of front line staff in YOIs and developing two ‘secure schools’ with a particular focus on education and health.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Youth Justice Board (YJB) is keen in principle to move to the 18+1 ethnicity monitoring system from the 2011 Census and is examining the requirements and dependencies with existing IT systems and identifying the feasibility and indicative costs of moving to the revised classification system.</p>
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-02-09T15:44:19.16Zmore like thismore than 2017-02-09T15:44:19.16Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
4181
label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
680949
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-01-30more like thismore than 2017-01-30
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Youth Justice: Ethnic Groups more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted, or had representations from, the National Police Chiefs’ Council on the merits of updating the ethnicity data collection used in the youth justice system to include the 2011 Census ethnic group classifications. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Beecham more like this
uin HL5075 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-02-13more like thismore than 2017-02-13
answer text <p>Following a letter received from the National Police Chief’s Council lead for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller issues, in December we responded by acknowledging their interest and to confirm that the Youth Justice Board (YJB) are keen in principle to move to the 18+1 ethnicity monitoring system from the 2011 Census.</p><p> </p><p>The YJB is examining the requirements and dependencies with existing IT systems and identifying the feasibility and indicative costs of moving to the revised classification system.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-02-13T16:39:03.763Zmore like thismore than 2017-02-13T16:39:03.763Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
4181
label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
692130
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-02-20more like thismore than 2017-02-20
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Youth Justice: Ethnic Groups more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 13 February (HL5075), when they expect the feasibility assessment to be completed, and whether cost will be the sole consideration for implementing the change. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Beecham more like this
uin HL5425 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-03-06more like thismore than 2017-03-06
answer text <p>The Youth Justice Board (YJB) is planning to stipulate the future collection of ethnicity data based on the ‘18+1’ ethnicity categories used in the 2011 Census (which includes ‘Gypsy or Irish Traveller’ as a separate category) as part of its Annual Data Recording Guidance. This guidance will be issued to Local Authority Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) by the start of the new reporting year in April 2017. Once this guidance is issued, YOTs, the YJB and the secure estate will need to make changes to their various IT systems. This requires updating over 150 systems and the technical standards between them.</p><p> </p><p>The YJB estimate that the changes will be implemented by spring 2018. These changes will enable YOTs to report using 18+1 data on all young people receiving a new order, whether or not they were previously known to the YOT.</p><p> </p><p>We will consider dependencies with existing IT systems, both within the youth justice system and with other local IT systems, and identify the feasibility and indicative costs as part of this process.</p>
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-03-06T15:37:43.063Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-06T15:37:43.063Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
4181
label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
749245
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-07-06more like thismore than 2017-07-06
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Youth Justice Board: Serco more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text Her Majesty's Government whether the secure escort services for children and young people contract between the Youth Justice Board and Serco was terminated early; and if so, for what reasons. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Stern more like this
uin HL581 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
answer text <p>The Secure Escort Services for Children and Young People (SESCYP) Contract ended early on 30 June 2016. This was mutually agreed between the Ministry of Justice and the contractor, Serco plc.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-07-20T15:17:26.453Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-20T15:17:26.453Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
2475
label Biography information for Baroness Stern more like this
784720
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-11-06more like thismore than 2017-11-06
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Youth Justice more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the proposal by the President of the Family Division that children should be dealt with in new "problem-solving" courts. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Laming more like this
uin HL2938 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-11-20more like thismore than 2017-11-20
answer text <p>The Ministry of Justice works with other departments to achieve the best outcomes for children both outside and within the court process. We are committed to ensuring that young people in the youth justice system receive the support they need to prevent them from committing further offences, with youth offending teams leading a multi-agency approach involving the courts, children’s services and other local services as appropriate. We recognise that problem-solving approaches can provide alternatives to a traditional court process, and may lead to improved outcomes for children and their families. We are supportive of such approaches in family proceedings, for example Family Drug and Alcohol Courts and the current piloting of settlement conferences.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-11-20T17:50:11.17Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-20T17:50:11.17Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
2079
label Biography information for Lord Laming more like this
1124423
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
answering body
Ministry of Justice remove filter
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Youth Custody more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are being applied to young offender institutions and secure training centres to make them safe and secure for staff and offenders, and appropriate for the provision of care for detainees. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Ouseley more like this
uin HL15472 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
answer text <p>Carrying on the youth justice reforms from 2017, we are providing funding for every Prison Officer in the Youth Custody Service to undertake a youth justice qualification and, on completion, transition into a new youth justice specialist role on promotion and at a higher pay-grade. Over 400 frontline staff are currently enrolled on this qualification.</p><p> </p><p>To better support young people in custody, we are rolling out the Custody Support Plan (CuSP) and implementing the use of Promoting Risk Intervention by Situational Management (PRISM). CuSP will provide each young person with a personal officer to work with in order to build trust and consistency. PRISM is an evidence-based process specifically designed and tested for use within custodial institutions. It provides a comprehensive framework for reviewing features of an environment that are known to contribute to the likelihood and emergence of violence.</p><p> </p><p>As well as this we are working closely with the NHS on ‘Secure Stairs’, which is a new integrated approach to strengthen the provision of health care to address the needs of young people holistically and co-ordinates services through a coherent, joined up approach. In addition, we are increasing psychology staff and support, and opening Enhanced Support Units for young people with the most complex needs.</p>
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-16T16:15:18.35Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-16T16:15:18.35Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
2170
label Biography information for Lord Ouseley more like this