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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Ministry of Justice: Written Questions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to answer Question 215901, tabled on 25 November 2014; and what the reasons are for the time taken to answer that Question. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne North more like this
tabling member printed
Catherine McKinnell more like this
uin 218674 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
answer text <p>I am sorry for the delay in answering Question 215901. I can confirm that the question has been answered today, 18<sup>th</sup> December 2014.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T13:39:34.263Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T13:39:34.263Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
4125
label Biography information for Catherine McKinnell more like this
169880
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Travel more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Manchester Central more like this
tabling member printed
Lucy Powell more like this
uin 218480 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
answer text <p>a) The overall spend on taxis has reduced significantly over the past five years. Taxis can only be used if the proposed journey is not practicable by public transport. These figures include the transportation of prisoners to medical appointments and funerals. The spend comes out of each prisons budget and can vary, depending on location. Greater use of pool cars has reduced the overall spend on taxis over the past five years.</p><p> </p><p>MOJ has spent the following on taxis in the periods requested.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>£6,914,699.28</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>£6,052,236.72</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>£5,118,258.45</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>£4,207,627.93</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>£3,110,229.09</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>b) There is a ban on all first class travel. The only exception to this ban is to support the needs of some disabled staff in carrying out their duties, where it is reasonable to do so. Exceptions for rail travel cannot be made on any other grounds.</p><p> </p><p>The MOJ has spent the following on first class rail travel in the periods requested (excluding spend by MOJ in December 2010 as this data is not currently available):</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>£1,988,205.37</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>£421,346.96</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>£352,927.96</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>£398,930.05</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>£411,327.18</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>c) There is a ban on all first class travel, and on business class travel for flights less than eight hours duration, except in the case of flights of five hours and over where there is a business need, such as where staff are required to go straight into a meeting following a flight or where staff are required to work on a flight and a business case is approved.</p><p>The MOJ has spent the following on business class air travel for 2013 and 2014. Prior to 2013, the MoJ were contracted with a different supplier and to go through all of the individual travel records would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>£78,547.75</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>£86,214.89</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T16:44:31.25Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T16:44:31.25Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
4263
label Biography information for Lucy Powell more like this
165890
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Small Businesses: Corruption more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 27 of his Department's Research Strategy 2014-15, when the outcome of the survey of small businesses to assess the impact of the Bribery Act 2010 on small and medium-sized enterprises will be published. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne North more like this
tabling member printed
Catherine McKinnell more like this
uin 215901 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
answer text <p>The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has shared with the Ministry of Justice the results of a survey commissioned following the Business Services Red Tape Challenge assignment to help small business fully understand the appropriate application of the Bribery Act 2010 and guidance so as not to spend unnecessary time and money on disproportionate measures. At this stage, there are no plans to publish the results of the survey.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T13:34:30.46Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T13:34:30.46Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
4125
label Biography information for Catherine McKinnell more like this
170488
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Email: Fraud more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for organising online phishing scams in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Chesterfield more like this
tabling member printed
Toby Perkins more like this
uin 218745 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-06more like thismore than 2015-01-06
answer text <p>We are committed to tackling all types of fraud regardless of whether they are committed on- or offline. The Fraud Act 2006 contains a range of offences that can be used to prosecute fraudsters who are suspected of phishing. Sections 6 and 7 of the Act, for example, criminalise the possession, making and supply of articles for the use in fraud which could include computer software programme used to create phishing websites.</p><p> </p><p>Although we hold data on the total number of prosecutions and convictions for offences under the the Fraud Act 2006, we cannot separately identify what proportion of these cases specifically relate to phishing scams.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-06T17:40:06.173Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-06T17:40:06.173Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
3952
label Biography information for Toby Perkins more like this
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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Alternatives to Prosecution more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to reform the powers of the Crown Prosecution Service to authorise out-of-court disposals. more like this
tabling member constituency Stretford and Urmston more like this
tabling member printed
Kate Green more like this
uin 906842 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-07more like thismore than 2015-01-07
answer text <p>On 3 November 2014, the Ministry of Justice published its response to the public consultation on adult out-of-court disposals (OOCDs). This response proposes a new, two-tier OOCD framework, elements of which are currently being piloted in three police forces (Staffordshire, West Yorkshire, and Leicestershire). If this proposed framework were rolled out on a national level, it would require legislation to put Community Resolutions and the new Suspended Prosecution on a statutory footing. However, substantive reform of the legal powers of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is not envisaged.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-07T15:40:19.883Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-07T15:40:19.883Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
4120
label Biography information for Kate Green more like this
170763
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Squatting: 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 Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with the Crown Prosecution Service on ensuring that prosecutions are made under squatting legislation. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 219044 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-07more like thismore than 2015-01-07
answer text <p>Squatting in someone’s home can cause the rightful owner untold misery and it is right that the practice is now criminal. We worked closely with the enforcement agencies when preparing for the commencement of the offence of squatting in a residential building, created by section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Prosecutions will always be brought where appropriate.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-07T17:39:02.56Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-07T17:39:02.56Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this
172006
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading HM Courts and Tribunals Service more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff were employed by HM Courts and Tribunals Service on fine collection in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency North Tyneside more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Mary Glindon more like this
uin 219669 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-08more like thismore than 2015-01-08
answer text <p>Information on the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff employed by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) in the area of enforcement of the payments of fines in each of the last five years is set out in the table below.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Date</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total number of staff (FTE)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>31/12/2010</p></td><td><p>1541.84</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>31/12/2011</p></td><td><p>1819.87</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>31/12/2012</p></td><td><p>1513.24</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>31/12/2013</p></td><td><p>1382.18</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>30/11/2014</p></td><td><p>1352.79</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Information for 2014 is only available as a snapshot as at the end of November.</p><p>It is not possible to differentiate on the HR management system between those staff employed in enforcement of court orders as opposed to collection of fines.</p><p>Enforcement as a separate HMCTS function was not created until June 2011. For data purposes prior to that date, the business code name and hierarchy information has been used to identify staff who work in enforcement.</p><p> </p><p>This Government takes recovery and enforcement of financial impositions very seriously and remains committed to finding new ways to ensure impositions are paid and to trace those who do not pay. This is why there has been a year on year increase in the total amount of financial penalties collected over the last three years. The amount of money collected reached an all time high of £290 million at the end of 2013/14 and collections continue to rise. In 2013/14 the total outstanding balance of financial impositions reduced by £26.7m (5%) in the year.</p>
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-08T15:13:08.68Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-08T15:13:08.68Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
4126
label Biography information for Mary Glindon more like this
172601
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-01-07more like thismore than 2015-01-07
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Criminal Proceedings: Veterans more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215243, how many times all members of the Advisory Committee to the Phillips Review met to discuss the report (a) before and (b) after it was submitted to the Secretary of State. more like this
tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
tabling member printed
Dan Jarvis more like this
uin 220085 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
answer text <p>The Chair of the independent review of veterans in the criminal justice system, Stephen Phillips MP, formally met the Advisors to the review four times. A number of the advisors attended two stakeholder visits. They were also consulted on the text of the report.</p><p>Stephen Phillips QC MP submitted his completed review to the Secretary of State on the 5 of November 2014, and the members of the advisory committee did not meet subsequent to this.</p><p>The government published the review, the government response and two supporting analytical reports on the 21 December 2014.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-12T17:08:42.717Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-12T17:08:42.717Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
4243
label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
171993
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Police Cautions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to reduce the number of cautions issued since 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
tabling member printed
Nick de Bois more like this
uin 219657 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
answer text <p>The use of cautions is at its lowest point for 30 years and nearly half the level seen in 2007. The total number of cautions has decreased by 11% in the year ending June 2014 as compared to the previous 12 months. However, the Government is not complacent and wants to ensure that serious offences are always brought to court.</p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Justice carried out a review of simple cautions in early 2013, to examine the way in which simple cautions were being used and consider the need for any changes to policy or practice.</p><p> </p><p>Following this review, the Ministry of Justice issued updated guidance in November 2013 on the process to be followed by the police when administering simple cautions for adult offenders. This placed limits on the circumstances in which a simple caution should be issued, particularly for serious offences. We have banned the use of simple cautions for possession of any offensive weapon (including a knife), supplying Class A drugs and a range of sexual offences against children, including child prostitution and pornography.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is legislating in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to place further restrictions on the use of cautions for certain serious offences which will be set out in secondary legislation, as well as stopping their use for indictable only offences and repeat offenders (unless there are exceptional circumstances).</p><p> </p><p>In 2013 we consulted on whether there is a need for more radical change in the out of court disposal framework, which includes simple cautions. After this, the Government announced plans to simplify the current range of disposals into two tiers: a suspended prosecution (based around the conditional caution) and a new statutory community resolution.</p><p> </p><p>This new framework would remove the option of a simple caution and move away from a system of warnings and reprimands. It would give the police the power to tackle offending behaviour in a more effective way. Offenders would be required to take action to comply with the new disposals and face meaningful consequences if they failed to do so.</p><p> </p><p>The proposed framework is being piloted in three police forces before a decision is taken on whether to roll them out across England and Wales.</p>
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-12T17:54:44.467Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-12T17:54:44.467Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
4002
label Biography information for Nick de Bois more like this
155548
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-11more like thismore than 2014-11-11
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 remove filter
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Crime: Victims more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department gives court users on the use of the term victim at the pre-conviction stage of a court case. more like this
tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
tabling member printed
Philip Davies more like this
uin 214195 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
answer text <p>The Ministry of Justice has not issued guidance to court users on the use of the term ‘victim’.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hemel Hempstead more like this
answering member printed Mike Penning more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-12T13:19:54.413Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-12T13:19:54.413Z
answering member
1528
label Biography information for Sir Mike Penning remove filter
tabling member
1565
label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this