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1138100
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 more like this
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Coroners: Government Departments more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) legal advice and (b) representation at inquests for Government Departments in each year since 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
tabling member printed
Jo Stevens more like this
uin 275781 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>The table below sets out the total amounts billed by the Government Legal Department (GLD) Litigation Group in relation to inquests in which they have been instructed by Government Departments and other public bodies.</p><p>GLD represents most, but not all, Government Departments in litigation. In addition, during parts of the period covered by the table, a small number of Departments (that GLD now acts for in litigation) handled their own litigation (including inquests).</p><p>The amounts are set out by financial year from 2010-11 and are exclusive of VAT. It is not possible to provide a separate breakdown of the totals by reference to legal advice and representation.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2010-11</p><p>2011-12</p><p>2012-13</p><p>2013-14</p><p>2014-15</p><p>2015-16</p><p>2016-17</p><p>2017-18</p><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>£2,600,951</p><p>£2,476,100</p><p>£2,621,377</p><p>£3,575,348</p><p>£3,405,809</p><p>£3,883,929</p><p>£4,283,521</p><p>£4,851,059</p><p>£5,783,648</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T14:21:58.477Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T14:21:58.477Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
129156
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4425
label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1082573
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-06more like thismore than 2019-03-06
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 Courts: Reform 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 assessment his Department has made of the effect of the revised completion date of the courts reform programme on (a) the cost of the programme and (b) the predicted date when the cumulative benefits of the programme are expected to be greater than the cumulative costs. more like this
tabling member constituency Bolton South East more like this
tabling member printed
Yasmin Qureshi more like this
uin 229148 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-12more like thismore than 2019-04-12
answer text <p>Learning from the services that have already been delivered and the feedback received, we have decided to re-order aspects of the programme to allow more time to develop some of the shared systems that sit behind our next set of online services, working to an updated finish date of 2023.</p><p> </p><p>The overall budget will remain unchanged. The cumulative benefits are expected to be greater than the cumulative costs from 2024/25, a year later than previously expected.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-12T10:39:50.673Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-12T10:39:50.673Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
108025
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
3924
label Biography information for Yasmin Qureshi more like this
1109225
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
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 Courts: Closures 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 the Buzzed article entitled The Ministry Of Justice Has Been Accused Of Sitting On Evidence That Undermines Its Drive To Close Courts, published on 18 March 2019, if he will make an assessment of the accuracy of reports in that article that the Government chose not to publish data which suggested that people had a more positive experience of the justice system if they had physically been in court; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Bolton South East more like this
tabling member printed
Yasmin Qureshi more like this
uin 239927 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-11more like thismore than 2019-04-11
answer text <p>The HMCTS Citizen User Experience report was published in June 2018 on gov.uk. It is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmcts-citizen-user-experience-research. Raw data has also been shared with academics and the findings presented to them.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-11T16:33:13.997Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-11T16:33:13.997Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
112738
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
3924
label Biography information for Yasmin Qureshi more like this
1109234
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
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 Legal Representation: Wales 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 represented themselves at (a) magistrates and (b) Crown courts in Wales in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
tabling member printed
Jo Stevens more like this
uin 240034 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
answer text <p>The Department publishes County Court, Family Court and Crown Court figures on defendants or parties with no (or unknown) representation. These data do not represent the number of litigants in person, however, because a party may be without representation for only part of a case. Information on unrepresented defendants in Magistrates’ Courts is not held centrally.</p><p>The Ministry of Justice holds data on representation status at (a) first hearing and (b) any hearing for defendants dealt with in the Crown Court, and the latest available data is published here for England and Wales combined: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-court-statistics-annual-january-to-march-2018. Data specifically for Wales is shown in the following tables.</p><p><strong>Representation status, at first hearing, of defendants dealt with in the Crown Court, Wales, annually 2014 - 2017</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td rowspan="3"><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td rowspan="2"><p><strong>Total number <br> of defendants</strong></p></td><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Representation status at first hearing</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Known represention<sup>1</sup></strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>No advocate representation/ unknown<sup>2</sup></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Number</p></td><td><p>Number</p></td><td><p>Percentage</p></td><td><p>Number</p></td><td><p>Percentage</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p><strong>5,368</strong></p></td><td><p>5,175</p></td><td><p><em>96%</em></p></td><td><p>193</p></td><td><p><em>4%</em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p><strong>5,677</strong></p></td><td><p>5,433</p></td><td><p><em>96%</em></p></td><td><p>244</p></td><td><p><em>4%</em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p><strong>4,759</strong></p></td><td><p>4,587</p></td><td><p><em>96%</em></p></td><td><p>172</p></td><td><p><em>4%</em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p><strong>4,343</strong></p></td><td><p>4,244</p></td><td><p><em>98%</em></p></td><td><p>99</p></td><td><p><em>2%</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>Representation status, any hearing, of defendants dealt with in the Crown Court, Wales, annually 2014 – 2017</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td rowspan="3"><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td rowspan="2"><p><strong>Total number <br> of defendants</strong></p></td><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Representation status at any hearing<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Known represention<sup>4</sup></strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>No advocate representation/ unknown<sup>5</sup></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Number</p></td><td><p>Number</p></td><td><p>Percentage</p></td><td><p>Number</p></td><td><p>Percentage</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p><strong>5,368</strong></p></td><td><p>5,351</p></td><td><p>100%</p></td><td><p>17</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p><strong>5,677</strong></p></td><td><p>5,655</p></td><td><p>100%</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p><strong>4,759</strong></p></td><td><p>4,729</p></td><td><p>99%</p></td><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>1%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p><strong>4,343</strong></p></td><td><p>4,313</p></td><td><p>99%</p></td><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>1%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Notes</p><p>1) Includes defendants who were known to be represented by an advocate or solicitor at first hearing.</p><p>2) Includes defendants who did not have an advocate recorded at the first hearing and defendants whose advocate representation was unknown.</p><p>3) These figures do not indicate how many hearings, within a trial, had representation.</p><p>4) Includes defendants who were known to be represented by an advocate or solicitor at any hearing.</p><p>5) Includes defendants who did not have an advocate recorded at any hearing and defendants whose advocate representation was unknown.</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-09T15:06:41.69Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T15:06:41.69Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
112741
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4425
label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1109233
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
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 Legal Aid Scheme: Wales 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 the total amount spent on Criminal Legal Aid was in cases in which the defendant’s place of abode was in Wales in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
tabling member printed
Jo Stevens more like this
uin 240033 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
answer text <p>The Lord Chancellor (via the Legal Aid Agency) has a duty to ensure that qualifying individuals who require assistance at the police station or the magistrates’ courts and who do not have their own solicitor have access to a Duty Solicitor. The LAA monitors capacity in each duty scheme area based on the number of solicitor organisations in that area, as well as the proportion of duty solicitors each of those organisations engages. There are currently 126 offices contracted to deliver criminal legal aid services in the Wales area. Additionally, across the 16 areas which make up the Duty Solicitor scheme in Wales, there are 260 solicitors listed on the rota who are available to provide advice and assistance. We are confident we have solicitors to fulfil criminal cases and will make sure we continue to do so.</p><p> </p><p>The Legal Aid Agency monitors access to public funding according to the location of the solicitor providing the service. Client location is not reliably captured for the majority of the criminal legal aid scheme and therefore accurate data based on a defendant’s residence is not available. Information on expenditure under criminal legal aid by solicitor offices located in Wales is proactively published, and is available to view at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/720217/legal-aid-statistics-crime-provider-area-data-to-mar-2018.ods" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/720217/legal-aid-statistics-crime-provider-area-data-to-mar-2018.ods</a>.</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
grouped question UIN 240032 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-09T14:56:07.377Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T14:56:07.377Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
112740
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4425
label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1109231
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
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 Legal Aid Scheme: Wales 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 assessment his Department has made of the availability of solicitors qualified to conduct Criminal Legal Aid work in rural Wales. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
tabling member printed
Jo Stevens more like this
uin 240032 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
answer text <p>The Lord Chancellor (via the Legal Aid Agency) has a duty to ensure that qualifying individuals who require assistance at the police station or the magistrates’ courts and who do not have their own solicitor have access to a Duty Solicitor. The LAA monitors capacity in each duty scheme area based on the number of solicitor organisations in that area, as well as the proportion of duty solicitors each of those organisations engages. There are currently 126 offices contracted to deliver criminal legal aid services in the Wales area. Additionally, across the 16 areas which make up the Duty Solicitor scheme in Wales, there are 260 solicitors listed on the rota who are available to provide advice and assistance. We are confident we have solicitors to fulfil criminal cases and will make sure we continue to do so.</p><p> </p><p>The Legal Aid Agency monitors access to public funding according to the location of the solicitor providing the service. Client location is not reliably captured for the majority of the criminal legal aid scheme and therefore accurate data based on a defendant’s residence is not available. Information on expenditure under criminal legal aid by solicitor offices located in Wales is proactively published, and is available to view at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/720217/legal-aid-statistics-crime-provider-area-data-to-mar-2018.ods" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/720217/legal-aid-statistics-crime-provider-area-data-to-mar-2018.ods</a>.</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
grouped question UIN 240033 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-09T14:56:07.313Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T14:56:07.313Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
112749
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4425
label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1109087
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
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 Charitable Donations 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 the termination of his Department’s contract with Smee and Ford, what interim solutions will be put in place to ensure continuity of the legacy notification service for charities; and whether those solutions will include extending the current provider’s contract beyond July. more like this
tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
tabling member printed
Nic Dakin more like this
uin 239945 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
answer text <p>HMCTS is currently considering a range of options for an interim service that will ensure charities continue to receive a notification service beyond the end of the current arrangements with Smee &amp; Ford. We are committed to developing a sustainable arrangement that meets the needs of those who use it, and meets legal requirements.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-09T14:53:29.91Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T14:53:29.91Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
112731
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4056
label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
1109086
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
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 Charitable Donations 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 the termination of the Department’s contract with Smee and Ford, what changes his Department plans make to its legacy notification service for charities to ensure the new system is fully compliant with the law. more like this
tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
tabling member printed
Nic Dakin more like this
uin 239944 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
answer text <p>HMCTS are continuing to define the long-term requirements and strategy for the future delivery of this service. In doing so, they met with representatives of the charity sector last month and a summary of this meeting is available at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmcts-legacy-notification-service-meeting-summary-5-march-2019" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmcts-legacy-notification-service-meeting-summary-5-march-2019</a></p><p> </p><p>HMCTS is looking to establish interim arrangements to ensure that charities continue to receive a notification service beyond the end of the current arrangements with Smee &amp; Ford as we develop a sustainable arrangement that is both fully compliant with our legal duties and meets the needs of those who use it.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-09T14:52:30.727Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T14:52:30.727Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
112729
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4056
label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
1105114
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
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 Legal Aid Scheme 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 the total amount of spending commitments was that his Department made in its post-implementation LASPO review. more like this
tabling member constituency Ashfield more like this
tabling member printed
Gloria De Piero more like this
uin 237042 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
answer text <p>Alongside the post-implementation review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO), we published the Legal Support Action Plan which outlines the steps the Government will be taking over the next two years to enhance the breadth of support to people experiencing legal problems.</p><p> </p><p>We are funding a number of changes to legal aid, including; improving the exceptional case funding scheme, removing the mandatory element of the CLA telephone gateway and expanding the scope of legal aid to include Special Guardianship Orders in private family law.</p><p>Alongside this, we are delivering £5m in innovation funding to drive change across the sector and doubling our funding to support litigants in person to £3m for each of the next two years. We will be funding a series of pilots to build a robust evidence base, testing methods of delivering support to make sure that people can access the right type of support at the right time, in the right way for them.</p><p> </p><p>The outcomes and evidence base that we will build up through the projects announced in the Legal Support Action Plan will inform future decisions on how we deliver that support.</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-09T14:50:51.127Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T14:50:51.127Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
111918
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
3915
label Biography information for Gloria De Piero more like this
1091044
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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 Personal Records: Age 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, for what reason the age at which a person can change their name by enrolling at the Royal Courts of Justice is different from that at which they can do so by deed poll. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
tabling member printed
Lloyd Russell-Moyle more like this
uin 233627 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-29more like thismore than 2019-03-29
answer text <p>Individuals aged 16 years or more can change their name by deed poll. The deed may be enrolled at the Central Office of the Supreme Court provided that the application for enrolment satisfies the requirements of the Enrolment of Deeds (Change of Name) Regulations 1994 (as amended).</p><p>For individuals aged between 16 and 18, the regulations require that the application for enrolment may have to completed by a person with parental responsibility for the individual and supported by evidence of the agreement of other persons with parental responsibility to the change of name. This enables the court to be satisfied that the relevant persons with parental responsibility are content with the proposed change of name.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-29T17:23:12.71Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-29T17:23:12.71Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
previous answer version
109407
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4615
label Biography information for Lloyd Russell-Moyle more like this