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1123574
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Disclosure and Barring Service: Welsh Language 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 the Home Department, what progress has been made with the development of the Disclosure and Barring Service in the Welsh language. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 248735 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-07more like thismore than 2019-06-07
answer text <p>The DBS are committed to providing a full end to end service in Welsh. Advice is available to Welsh DBS users at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about/welsh-language-scheme#dbs-certificates" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about/welsh-language-scheme#dbs-certificates</a></p><p>The DBS also provide a dedicated Welsh language phone line available to support applicants. This can be found at: 03000 200 191</p><p>At present a Welsh application route is available for the disclosure Basic check service. DBS are currently transitioning their IT services to new suppliers and are exploring alternative options to deliver new online Welsh language applications for Standard and Enhanced checks.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
grouped question UIN 248736 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-07T13:47:42.673Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-07T13:47:42.673Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1123575
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Disclosure and Barring Service: Welsh Language 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 the Home Department, what plans he has to allow online applicants to the Disclosure and Barring Service to complete their application in the Welsh language. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 248736 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-07more like thismore than 2019-06-07
answer text <p>The DBS are committed to providing a full end to end service in Welsh. Advice is available to Welsh DBS users at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about/welsh-language-scheme#dbs-certificates" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about/welsh-language-scheme#dbs-certificates</a></p><p>The DBS also provide a dedicated Welsh language phone line available to support applicants. This can be found at: 03000 200 191</p><p>At present a Welsh application route is available for the disclosure Basic check service. DBS are currently transitioning their IT services to new suppliers and are exploring alternative options to deliver new online Welsh language applications for Standard and Enhanced checks.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
grouped question UIN 248735 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-07T13:47:42.717Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-07T13:47:42.717Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126095
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
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 Probation: Conditions of Employment 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 is taking to ensure that staff delivering probation services through (a) private companies and (b) the National Probation Service are treated equally in terms of (i) pay and (ii) terms and conditions. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 253668 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>The NPS implemented a modernised pay structure in 2018. This was agreed with the recognised Probation Trade Unions. As separate employers, it is a matter for CRCs to agree with the Trade Unions any changes to pay or terms and conditions for their staff.</p></td></tr></tbody></table> more like this
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-21T15:00:03.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:00:03.837Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126097
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
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 Community Rehabilitation Companies: Standards 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 his Department has taken in relation to poor performance by community rehabilitation companies in the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 253669 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <p>The performance of all CRCs is robustly managed by the department and we will not hesitate to take action if standards fall short. Contract Management teams rigorously monitor performance across all CRCs. Where poor performance has been identified; relevant contractual levers are applied including service credits and performance improvement plans to drive up the performance standards as required. As of July 2018, there were 35 specific improvement plans in place across 15 of the CRCs and covering 10 service metrics.</p><p> </p><p>On 16 May 2019 the Government made an announcement by setting out plans for the future of probation in England and Wales. From spring 2021, our reforms will see a stronger role for the National Probation Service in managing all offenders, greater voluntary sector involvement in rehabilitation, and the private sector leading where it has specialist experience and can support innovation.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-21T16:13:18.697Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T16:13:18.697Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126098
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
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 Community Rehabilitation Companies: Fines 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 financial penalties his Department has issued to community rehabilitation companies as a result of poor performance; and what the value was of those penalties in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 253670 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <p>Having agreed to terminate CRC contracts early, we now expect expenditure on CRCs to be approximately £1.4 billion less in total than originally expected over the shortened lifetime of the contracts.</p><p>Between July 2015 and March 2018, £7.4m of financial penalties (known as service credits) were levied in total across all Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). As referenced in the National Audit Office report of 1 March 2019, £4.1m was applied and paid back to the Department and £3.3m was re-invested back into services by the CRCs.</p><p>Our starting presumption is that penalties are applied if accrued by CRCs for under-performance. Penalties have not been applied where we have agreed that factors out of the control of the CRC have led to the under-performance, or where a recalculation has shown that penalties should not have been triggered. On relevant occasions where it has been considered appropriate not to apply the penalties, we have sought to agree a reinvestment of the value of the penalty back into the delivery of services.</p><p>Contract Management Teams continue to closely monitor and robustly manage CRCs to ensure that they fulfil their contractual commitments and deliver value-for-money for the taxpayer.</p>
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
grouped question UIN 253671 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-21T15:44:09.067Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:44:09.067Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126099
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
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 Community Rehabilitation Companies: Fines 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 estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department’s policy of suspending fines for community rehabilitation companies for poor performance; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 253671 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <p>Having agreed to terminate CRC contracts early, we now expect expenditure on CRCs to be approximately £1.4 billion less in total than originally expected over the shortened lifetime of the contracts.</p><p>Between July 2015 and March 2018, £7.4m of financial penalties (known as service credits) were levied in total across all Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). As referenced in the National Audit Office report of 1 March 2019, £4.1m was applied and paid back to the Department and £3.3m was re-invested back into services by the CRCs.</p><p>Our starting presumption is that penalties are applied if accrued by CRCs for under-performance. Penalties have not been applied where we have agreed that factors out of the control of the CRC have led to the under-performance, or where a recalculation has shown that penalties should not have been triggered. On relevant occasions where it has been considered appropriate not to apply the penalties, we have sought to agree a reinvestment of the value of the penalty back into the delivery of services.</p><p>Contract Management Teams continue to closely monitor and robustly manage CRCs to ensure that they fulfil their contractual commitments and deliver value-for-money for the taxpayer.</p>
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
grouped question UIN 253670 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-21T15:44:09.107Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:44:09.107Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126101
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
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 Community Rehabilitation Companies: Contracts 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, whether community rehabilitation companies with a record of poor performance will be allowed to bid for future probation contracts. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 253672 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <p>We will award contracts to those best placed to carry them out. As with any major procurement exercise, all bidders will be subject to a rigorous assessment of their suitability and previous experience.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-21T13:34:48.367Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T13:34:48.367Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126106
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
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 Community Rehabilitation Companies: Staff more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that community rehabilitation companies maintain adequate levels of staff. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 253676 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <p>Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts require each CRC to maintain a sufficient level of staff and ensure that its workforce is competent and adequately trained. Our Contract Management teams closely monitor and robustly manage providers to make sure they fulfil their commitments.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-21T15:41:43.28Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:41:43.28Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126108
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
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 Community Rehabilitation Companies: Judges 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 is taking to rebuild confidence in community rehabilitation companies with judges. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 253678 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <p>It is vital that the public and the judiciary have confidence in alternatives to custody such as community sentences, and the probation services who deliver them.</p><p> </p><p>On 16 May 2019 the Government set out plans for the future of probation in England and Wales. From spring 2021, our reforms will see a stronger role for the National Probation Service in managing all offenders, greater voluntary sector involvement in rehabilitation, and the private sector leading where it has specialist experience and can support innovation.</p><p> </p><p>By streamlining the system, our changes will improve the flow of information to sentencers on the probation services available in their areas. Our changes will also ensure a wider range of rehabilitative programmes, so that courts can better tailor community sentences to the individual needs of offenders.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the implementation of the “Liaison arrangements between sentencers and providers of probation services” Probation Instruction 05/2018 will ensure there is effective communication and dialogue with sentencers on issues of joint interest and concern.</p>
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-21T15:50:57.03Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:50:57.03Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1126109
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
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 Probation: Third Sector 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 is taking to encourage the involvement of third-sector organisations in the delivery of probation services. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd remove filter
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 253679 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <p>We want to see a clearer role for a wide range of voluntary sector providers in probation delivery, including local and specialist services. As part of plans for the future of probation set out on 16 May 2019, we will be developing a commercial framework to allow the National Probation Service to directly commission rehabilitation and resettlement services on a scale that encourages the participation of smaller suppliers and is responsive to the needs of local areas.</p><p>It is our intention that up to £280million-worth of such contracts will be tendered to the voluntary and private sectors each year – delivering interventions such as Unpaid Work, accredited programmes, and support to find jobs and housing.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
grouped question UIN 253680 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-21T16:14:31.797Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T16:14:31.797Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this