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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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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 Knives: Crime more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the penalties incurred for knife crime. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Lancashire more like this
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Rosie Cooper more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>For possession or threatening with an offensive weapon or possession of an article with a blade or point offences, offenders are now more likely to receive an immediate custodial sentence for a knife and offensive weapon offence and to go to prison for longer than at any point over the past 10 years. In the year ending March 2019 over a third (37%) of offences resulted in immediate custody, compared to 22% in the year ending March 2009. The average length of immediate custodial sentences has increased from 5.5 months in the year ending March 2009 to 8.1 months in the year ending March 2019. This is the highest since the series began.</p><p>There are a range of offences available to prosecute knife crime and Parliament has set penalties that are proportionate to the nature of these serious offences.</p><p> </p><p>Unlawful possession of a knife or offensive weapon in public is a serious criminal offence with a maximum penalty of four years’ imprisonment. Since 2015, adults convicted of threatening with a knife in public, or for second or subsequent knife possession face a minimum sentence of 6 months’ imprisonment and young people aged 16 or 17 face a minimum sentence of a 4 month Detention and Training Order. Courts can only depart from minimum sentencing if the court considers would be unjust in all the circumstances to impose these terms.</p><p> </p><p>Where someone is physically injured by a knife or offensive weapon there are a range of other offences, such as causing grievous bodily harm, that the person may be charged with. These can result in lengthy determinate sentences or life imprisonment. In England and Wales, all murder convictions for adults must result in a life sentence, and the Criminal Justice Act 2003 sets out a starting point of a minimum term in prison of 25 years for offenders aged 18 and over who bring a knife or another weapon to the scene of a murder with the intention of using it.</p><p> </p><p>It is already the case that for offences where the possession or use of a knife or offensive weapon is not inherent to the offence or charged separately, possession will be treated as an aggravating factor, which increases the seriousness of the offence. This is outlined in several sentencing guidelines produced by the independent Sentencing Council.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T16:32:25.557Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T16:32:25.557Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rosie Cooper more like this
1141735
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star this property date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
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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 Prosecutions: Scotland 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, how many prosecutions under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 were made in Scotland in the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine more like this
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Andrew Bowie more like this
star this property uin 281799 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
star this property answer text <p>The Malicious Communications Act 1988 only extends to England and Wales. Data collected by the Ministry of Justice is only available, therefore, for prosecutions that occur in England and Wales.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-09-05T16:38:28.433Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T16:38:28.433Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Bowie more like this
1143156
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star this property date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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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 Unsolicited Goods and Services: Vulnerable Adults 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 steps his Department is taking to ensure that vulnerable people are protected from aggressive or unsolicited sales techniques in the legal services sector. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 284832 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
star this property answer text <p>The direct regulation of the legal profession in England and Wales is independent of Government. Regulators in the legal services sector, such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, have strict rules on how individuals and firms should deliver their services. Individuals should approach the relevant regulator directly if they have any specific concerns, and further details can be found on their respective websites.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-09-05T15:46:10.797Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T15:46:10.797Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1144351
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star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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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 Magistrates' Courts: Closures 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 assessment his Department has made of the effect of magistrates courts closures on (a) waiting times for cases to be heard and (b) the frequency with which cases are adjourned. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 286362 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>HM Courts &amp; Tribunals Service monitors waiting times and the proportion of cases which are completed at first hearing. There is no indication that either have been adversely affected by the closure of magistrates’ courts since 2016.</p><p> </p><p>The closure of a court is subject to public consultation and a decision to close is not taken lightly. In every case, the Lord Chancellor will only agree to close a court when satisfied that effective access to justice can be maintained.</p><p> </p><p>We are reinvesting every penny raised from selling these underused buildings into modernising the justice system to provide swifter and easier access to justice for all</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T13:31:35.593Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T13:31:35.593Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1127477
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star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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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 Ministry of Justice: Brexit more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officials in his Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from the EU; and what effect that secondment of staff has had on the effectiveness of his Department. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tottenham more like this
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Mr David Lammy more like this
star this property uin 256195 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-28more like thismore than 2019-05-28
star this property answer text <p>Departments continually review workforce plans, reprioritise and assess changing needs, which includes identification and cessation of non-priority work where appropriate. We have accelerated our plans, and at the same time, the Civil Service as a whole is working to ensure that EU Exit Implementation is carried out to high quality without impacting public service delivery across the whole of government.</p><p> </p><p>39 Ministry of Justice staff were seconded to work in other departments from December 2018 as part of the no-deal preparations co-ordinated by Cabinet Office. 34 staff have since returned, with extensions agreed for the remaining 5 staff.</p><p> </p><p>Between January and April 2019, 62 Ministry of Justice staff volunteered to work in the MoJ Departmental Operations Centre (DOC) to assist with no deal preparations. These volunteers worked a small number of shifts in the DOC and were chosen from different teams across the department to minimise any disruption to business as usual work.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-05-28T11:29:21.75Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-28T11:29:21.75Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr David Lammy more like this
1141006
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star this property date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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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 Rape Crisis Centres: Expenditure more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the real-terms changes in the level of funding for rape crisis centres were between 2010 and 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tooting more like this
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Dr Rosena Allin-Khan more like this
star this property uin 280436 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-29more like thismore than 2019-07-29
star this property answer text <p>Rape support centres receive funding from multiple sources, including government funding and charitable trusts.</p><p>The Ministry of Justice allocated the following funding to support rape support services across England and Wales:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>*Not possible to disaggregate</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>£3.4m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>£3.9m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>£3.9m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>£4.4m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>£4.7m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>£7.2m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>£7.2m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018/19</p></td><td><p>£7.2m</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>* The Ministry of Justice provided total funding of £2.1m in 2010-11 for sexual violence and domestic violence support services.</p><p><br>In March this year we increased the central funding available to these services by 10% - up to £8m per year and made a commitment of £24m over three years.</p><p>The Ministry of Justice also allocates around £68 million a year to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to locally commission or provide support services for victims of crime, including victims of sexual violence. £4.7m of this is ringfenced for spend on victims of child sexual abuse. In 2017/18, PCCs reported spending £15.9m on supporting victims of sexual violence. £8.4m of this was from the MoJ grant and £7.5m from other funding sources.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-07-29T15:21:32.237Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-29T15:21:32.237Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Rosena Allin-Khan more like this
1143184
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star this property date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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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 Sexual Offences more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the Government's review of the handling of rape and sexual violence cases across the criminal justice system; what resources have been allocated to that review; and what steps her Department has taken to improve access to counselling and therapeutic support for people who have reported rape to the police in the last 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tooting more like this
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Dr Rosena Allin-Khan more like this
star this property uin 284636 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>a) The decline in the number of rape and serious sexual offences reaching court and being charged and prosecuted has, rightly, been the subject of public scrutiny and concern. It is essential that we grasp this issue, which is why the Criminal Justice Board (CJB) has committed to a cross-government end-to-end review of the Criminal Justice System’s (CJS) response to serious sexual violence and rape where the victim is over 18. We have established a Sub-Group of the CJB to oversee this review.</p><p> </p><p>The review is now well underway. The Cabinet Office have concluded initial analysis to identify key areas that merit further investigation. We are now gathering evidence and data from key groups and agencies across the CJS to enable us to better understand how handling and outcomes for rape cases could be improved. We continue to engage regularly with specialist stakeholders and victim organisations to ensure that the victim experience is central to our work.</p><p> </p><p>We have committed to publish a cross-system action plan at the conclusion of the review in Spring 2020. In efforts to accelerate the review, we will develop a set of interim recommendations before the end of the year.</p><p> </p><p>b) The review is being conducted by a cross-Government team comprised of officials from the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Attorney General’s Office and Crown Prosecution Service, with support from the National Policing Lead for Adult Sexual Offences.</p><p> </p><p>c) Rape is a horrendous crime. It is essential that victims of rape have access to support when and where they need it most. In March this year we increased funding available to these essential services by 10% - up to £8m per year and totalling £24m over the next three years. This funding ensures that, for the first time, that there are government-funded services in all 42 of the country’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) areas. This is in addition to the £68m we allocate to PCCs to locally deliver support services for victims of crime, including for victims of sexual violence.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T13:08:42.943Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T13:08:42.943Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Rosena Allin-Khan more like this
1128833
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star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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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 Prisons: Childbirth more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what statistics his Department holds on the number of (a) perinatal women in custody and (b) babies born on prison estates. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Swansea East more like this
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Carolyn Harris more like this
star this property uin 259327 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
star this property answer text <p>The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Information relating to births and pregnancy is recorded locally. Work is currently underway to look at what information related to pregnancy and birth can be collected centrally.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-06-06T16:08:33.47Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-06T16:08:33.47Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Carolyn Harris more like this
1129855
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star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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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 Courts: Location more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made on finalising the location of the Problem Solving Courts across England and Wales. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Swansea East more like this
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Carolyn Harris more like this
star this property uin 260064 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
star this property answer text <p>There are no plans to develop Problem Solving Courts in the criminal courts in England and Wales. Problem solving approaches are however being employed to address complex needs of offenders and resolve substance misuse/mental health problems in the community:</p><ul><li>We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, HM Prisons and Probation Service and Public Health England on a protocol to support the greater use of community sentences with treatment requirements in courts. The Community Sentence Treatment Requirement protocol is operating across five courts within England (as health is devolved in Wales). These sites are Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham, Sefton and Plymouth.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>The roll-out of NHS England’s Liaison and Diversion services also supports our efforts to intervene early for vulnerable offenders and divert them into services that address the underlying causes of offending. This service is currently operating across over 90% of England with full roll-out expected by 2020/21.</li></ul><p>Problem-solving courts and initiatives are in use in family proceedings where families can get help to address their problems and reduce the likelihood of children being taken into care. Family, Drug and Alcohol Courts, which look to address substance misuse and related problems in the home, are operating in a number of local authority areas including London, Southampton, Coventry and Leeds. Family, Drug and Alcohol Courts and a number of other initiatives which are helping to keep families safely together have recently been given additional £15m funding from the Department for Education.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-06-12T16:44:11.507Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-12T16:44:11.507Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Carolyn Harris more like this
1130046
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star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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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: Females more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of progress in reducing the women’s prison population since June 2018 publication of the Female Offender Strategy; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stretford and Urmston more like this
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Kate Green more like this
star this property uin 260621 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-28more like thismore than 2019-06-28
star this property answer text <p>In the Female Offender Strategy, we set out our vision to see fewer women in custody, particularly on short custodial sentences and to see more women supported in the community. The strategy launched an ambitious programme of work which will take several years to deliver. So far, we have published a new Women’s Policy Framework, Lord Farmer’s Review for Women and invested £5m to support community provision for female offenders and women at risk of offending</p><p>We are committed to monitoring progress over time and taking action to deliver the outcomes we set out to achieve. The latest published statistics show that the total female prison population increased slightly (by 1%) between March 2018 and 2019, but that female first receptions have decreased by 10% over the past year, (from 2,036 between October and December 2017 to 1,840 over the same period in 2018).</p><p>The published data setting out the current and previous female prison population can be accessed here: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/796904/population-31-march-2019.ods" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/796904/population-31-march-2019.ods</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-06-28T15:38:51.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T15:38:51.967Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kate Green more like this