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star this property date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Prosecutions: South Yorkshire 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 Attorney General, what the average number of days taken from the date of offence to a decision to charge an individual in South Yorkshire in each year since 2010 was. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wentworth and Dearne more like this
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John Healey more like this
star this property uin 266094 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) works closely with the Police to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated before charges are brought. There has been an increase in the complexity of cases investigated by the police, with investigations often involving large amounts of electronic material (social media, emails, text messages, video and photographs) which needs to be reviewed by prosecutors before a charging decision can be made. This impacts on the average number of consultations and length of time taken for prosecutors to reach a charging decision.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS does not maintain a record of the average number of days taken from offence through to a decision to charge. However, data is held on the average number of days from submission of a case by the police to the CPS to the date of the CPS decision to charge.</p><p> </p><p>Data relating to to all cases in South Yorkshire, summary only cases in South Yorkshire, and indictable only cases in South Yorkshire is shown in Annex A.</p><p> </p><p>The data in Annex A relating to summary only cases provides figures for only a minority of summary only cases. This is because the CPS is only responsible for charging a small minority of summary only matters, with the majority charged by the police. In 2017-18 the police charged 75% of all summary only matters with only 25% charged by CPS, while for indicatable only offences the CPS charged 95% of these cases.</p><p> </p><p>There are a number of reasons for the steady increase in the average number of days and average number of consultations per case since 2010/11. Police are now more regularly encouraged to seek ‘early investigative advice’ to help determine what evidence is required for a charge. Early investigative advice helps to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated and the evidence to be brought before the court is strong. As a result, the CPS is more often involved at an earlier stage in proceedings which impacts on the average number of consultations and overall timeliness.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
266095 more like this
266096 more like this
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less than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.863Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.863Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property attachment
1
unstar this property file name 266094, 266095 and 266096 - Annex A.docx more like this
star this property title Annex A more like this
star this property tabling member
400
unstar this property label Biography information for John Healey more like this
1132831
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answering body
Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Prosecutions: South Yorkshire more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of days taken from the date of an offence to a decision to charge and individual for summary offences in South Yorkshire in each year since 2010 was. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wentworth and Dearne more like this
star this property tabling member printed
John Healey more like this
star this property uin 266095 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) works closely with the Police to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated before charges are brought. There has been an increase in the complexity of cases investigated by the police, with investigations often involving large amounts of electronic material (social media, emails, text messages, video and photographs) which needs to be reviewed by prosecutors before a charging decision can be made. This impacts on the average number of consultations and length of time taken for prosecutors to reach a charging decision.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS does not maintain a record of the average number of days taken from offence through to a decision to charge. However, data is held on the average number of days from submission of a case by the police to the CPS to the date of the CPS decision to charge.</p><p> </p><p>Data relating to to all cases in South Yorkshire, summary only cases in South Yorkshire, and indictable only cases in South Yorkshire is shown in Annex A.</p><p> </p><p>The data in Annex A relating to summary only cases provides figures for only a minority of summary only cases. This is because the CPS is only responsible for charging a small minority of summary only matters, with the majority charged by the police. In 2017-18 the police charged 75% of all summary only matters with only 25% charged by CPS, while for indicatable only offences the CPS charged 95% of these cases.</p><p> </p><p>There are a number of reasons for the steady increase in the average number of days and average number of consultations per case since 2010/11. Police are now more regularly encouraged to seek ‘early investigative advice’ to help determine what evidence is required for a charge. Early investigative advice helps to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated and the evidence to be brought before the court is strong. As a result, the CPS is more often involved at an earlier stage in proceedings which impacts on the average number of consultations and overall timeliness.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
266094 more like this
266096 more like this
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less than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.927Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property attachment
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unstar this property file name 266094, 266095 and 266096 - Annex A.docx more like this
star this property title Annex A more like this
star this property tabling member
400
unstar this property label Biography information for John Healey more like this
1132834
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Prosecutions: South Yorkshire 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 Attorney General, what the average number of days taken from the date of an offence to a decision to charge an individual for an indictable offence in South Yorkshire in each year since 2010 was. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wentworth and Dearne more like this
star this property tabling member printed
John Healey more like this
star this property uin 266096 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) works closely with the Police to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated before charges are brought. There has been an increase in the complexity of cases investigated by the police, with investigations often involving large amounts of electronic material (social media, emails, text messages, video and photographs) which needs to be reviewed by prosecutors before a charging decision can be made. This impacts on the average number of consultations and length of time taken for prosecutors to reach a charging decision.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS does not maintain a record of the average number of days taken from offence through to a decision to charge. However, data is held on the average number of days from submission of a case by the police to the CPS to the date of the CPS decision to charge.</p><p> </p><p>Data relating to to all cases in South Yorkshire, summary only cases in South Yorkshire, and indictable only cases in South Yorkshire is shown in Annex A.</p><p> </p><p>The data in Annex A relating to summary only cases provides figures for only a minority of summary only cases. This is because the CPS is only responsible for charging a small minority of summary only matters, with the majority charged by the police. In 2017-18 the police charged 75% of all summary only matters with only 25% charged by CPS, while for indicatable only offences the CPS charged 95% of these cases.</p><p> </p><p>There are a number of reasons for the steady increase in the average number of days and average number of consultations per case since 2010/11. Police are now more regularly encouraged to seek ‘early investigative advice’ to help determine what evidence is required for a charge. Early investigative advice helps to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated and the evidence to be brought before the court is strong. As a result, the CPS is more often involved at an earlier stage in proceedings which impacts on the average number of consultations and overall timeliness.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
266094 more like this
266095 more like this
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less than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.987Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.987Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property attachment
1
unstar this property file name 266094, 266095 and 266096 - Annex A.docx more like this
star this property title Annex A more like this
star this property tabling member
400
unstar this property label Biography information for John Healey more like this
1133329
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Sexual Offences more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether he has had discussions with the CPS on removing reference to the merits-based approach from (a) guidance and (b) training materials on rape and sexual offences. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harlow more like this
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Robert Halfon more like this
star this property uin 266818 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-28more like thismore than 2019-06-28
star this property answer text <p>Rape and serious sexual offences are horrific crimes and can have a devastating impact on victims, and the CPS will always seek to prosecute where there is sufficient evidence to do so. The Attorney General and I regularly discuss issues related to rape and sexual offences with the CPS; however, charging decisions are made independently by the CPS.</p><p> </p><p>There has been no change in policy in how the CPS makes charging decisions in rape cases. Prosecutors in the CPS follow a ‘Code’, which sets out a well-established two stage test that a case must pass before a charge can be made. The first stage of this test is the evidential stage, which considers whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against each suspect on each charge. That test has remained and continues to remain the same. It applies to every single offence no matter how minor or serious.</p><p> </p><p>The Code that prosecutors follow has never included any specific reference to a merits-based assessment of the realistic prospect of conviction because it is an integral part of the evidential test. The second stage of the test is whether it is in the public interest to proceed with a prosecution, this is considered after the evidential stage is fulfilled.</p><p> </p><p>From 2009, DPP guidance included reference to a merits based approach.</p><p> </p><p>Following an inspection by HMCPSI in 2016, it became clear that including a separate reference to the merits based approach in the guidance was causing confusion leading to the incorrect application of the code test. To avoid this confusion, changes were made to the guidance provided by the DPP to prosecutors, including removing a document on the merits based approach.</p><p> </p><p>Those changes should not have, and did not have any impact on the proper application of the Code test that prosecutors follow when making a decision on whether to charge.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-06-28T12:06:30.213Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T12:06:30.213Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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3985
unstar this property label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
1133866
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-21more like thismore than 2019-06-21
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Rape: Prosecutions 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 Attorney General, how many and what proportion of cases of suspected rape were given a No Further Action as a result of insufficient evidence to proceed in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sheffield, Heeley more like this
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Louise Haigh more like this
star this property uin 267760 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
star this property answer text <p>Rape and serious sexual offences are devastating crimes that have a profound impact on victims, and are some of the most challenging and complex cases that the CPS deals with. Where evidence submitted by the Police is sufficient to bring charges, the CPS will not hesitate to prosecute these horrific crimes.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS maintains a central record to show the overall number of charging decisions where a decision has been made to take No Further Action in cases recorded as rape on the system. The data is shown below broken down by financial year:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>In 2015-16, 31.5% of cases of suspected rape were not prosecuted due to evidential issues (2,162 cases)</p></li><li><p>In 2016-17, 31.2% of cases of suspected rape were not prosecuted due to evidential issues (2,061 cases)</p></li><li><p>In 2017-18, 29.7% of cases of suspected rape were not prosecuted due to evidential issues (1,786 cases)</p></li></ul> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-06-26T10:19:33.747Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T10:19:33.747Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Louise Haigh more like this
1133867
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-21more like thismore than 2019-06-21
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Criminal Proceedings: Travel more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what his Department's policy is on the reimbursement of travel expenses to people who have been in the criminal justice system. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Delyn more like this
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David Hanson more like this
star this property uin 267721 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-05more like thismore than 2019-07-05
star this property answer text <p>It is essential that victims are supported in the criminal justice system, and the Government has made this a key priority. The reimbursement of travel expenses can be made to those who have been called as a witness in the Criminal Justice System.</p><p> </p><p>The payment of expenses and allowances to prosecution witnesses, where the Crown Prosecution Service is the prosecuting authority, is governed by the Crown Prosecution Service (Witnesses’ etc. Allowances) Regulations 1988. Full guidance on expenses and allowances for prosecution witnesses can be found here: <a href="https://www.cps.gov.uk/publication/witness-expenses-and-allowances" target="_blank">https://www.cps.gov.uk/publication/witness-expenses-and-allowances</a></p><p> </p><p>The rates or scales of expenses for defence witnesses are determined by the Ministry of Justice. The payment of expenses incurred by those called as a witness on behalf of a defendant are set out in Regulations made under Sections 19 and 20 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985. Full guidance on expenses and allowances can be found here: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/592291/guide-allowances-under-part-v-costs-criminal-cases-general-september-2016.doc" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/592291/guide-allowances-under-part-v-costs-criminal-cases-general-september-2016.doc</a>. In addition, any acquitted defendant whose costs are ordered by a court to be paid out of central funds may be allowed the same travelling and subsistence allowances as if they attended to give evidence (i.e. an ordinary witness subsistence allowance, plus travelling expenses).</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-07-05T10:35:20.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-05T10:35:20.527Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property tabling member
533
unstar this property label Biography information for David Hanson more like this
1134935
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Terrorism: Prosecutions 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 Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on ensuring more effective prosecutions of cases involving individuals supporting terrorism abroad. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell more like this
star this property uin 269685 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>The CPS has a strong record of bringing successful prosecutions in terrorism cases, and works closely with Counter Terrorism policing and partners to help build strong cases.</p><p> </p><p>Where individuals provide support to terrorism abroad, for example by funding terrorism, they should expect to be investigated by the police and prosecuted by the CPS if the evidential and public interest tests in the Code for Crown Prosecutors are met.</p><p> </p><p>Where crimes are committed abroad, Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2006 provides the courts with extra-territorial jurisdiction in relation to a number of terrorism offences so that if an individual were to commit one of these offences in a foreign country, they would be liable under UK law in the same way as if they had committed the offence in the UK. As the nature of terrorism has evolved, section 17 has been amended to include further offences. The CPS strongly supported these legislative provisions to strengthen our ability to prosecute offenders.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T11:15:29.397Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T11:15:29.397Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
star this property tabling member
1447
unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1135927
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading British American Tobacco more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what the status is of the Serious Fraud Office investigation into British American Tobacco that was opened in 2017. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Oxford East more like this
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Anneliese Dodds more like this
star this property uin 271596 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>Progress is being made on the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into allegations of corruption in the conduct of business by British American Tobacco Plc, its subsidiaries and associated persons. It would not be appropriate to comment on the status of a live criminal investigation further at this stage.</p><p> </p><p>When it is appropriate to do so, the SFO will publish updates on the status of the investigation on their website. The most recent information can be found at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.sfo.gov.uk/cases/british-american-tobacco/" target="_blank">https://www.sfo.gov.uk/cases/british-american-tobacco/</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T11:14:14.7Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T11:14:14.7Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property tabling member
4657
unstar this property label Biography information for Anneliese Dodds more like this
1135935
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Prosecutions: Hyperactivity more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department is taking with the legal profession to raise awareness of ADHD in the decision-making process on prosecutions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Oxford East more like this
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Anneliese Dodds more like this
star this property uin 271599 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>The Law Officers superintend the Crown Prosecution Service which has recently held a public consultation on its legal guidance on prosecuting offenders with mental health conditions and disorders, to ensure the decision-making process is as well-informed as possible.</p><p>As part of that consultation, which closed on 4 June, the CPS will consider how best to reflect the responses received concerning ADHD in its legal guidance.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-07-08T16:00:47.907Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T16:00:47.907Z
star this property answering member
4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property tabling member
4657
unstar this property label Biography information for Anneliese Dodds more like this
1136100
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Cybercrime: Rule of Law 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 Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the application of the rule of law to cyber activities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North East Hampshire more like this
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Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
star this property uin 911731 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>I regularly meet ministerial colleagues to discuss important issues of common interest, including on matters relating to the rule of law. As my predecessor set out in his speech at Chatham House in May 2018, the UK has been clear that we consider cyber space to be an integral part of the rules based international order that we are proud to promote.</p><p> </p><p>Cyber space is not a lawless world. It is the Government’s view that there are boundaries of acceptable state behaviour in cyber space, just as there are everywhere else. Hostile actors cannot take action by cyber means without consequence.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T11:10:59.777Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T11:10:59.777Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
star this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this