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registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
answering body
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept id 90 more like this
answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the system for reimbursing MPs expenses; and if IPSA will make it its policy to reinstate the previous system for the reimbursement of expenses. more like this
tabling member constituency Christchurch more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Christopher Chope more like this
uin 263668 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
answer text <p>IPSA considered a range of options for its new system of reimbursing MPs’ business costs and expenses. The system selected is more integrated and efficient than its predecessor systems, and holds the personal data of MPs and their staff more securely. The software selected is widely used in the United Kingdom, including in many public bodies. Prior to its launch in April, the effectiveness of the system was thoroughly tested, including by MPs and their staff. Its benefits include:</p><p> </p><p>- A ‘single sign-on’ capability to allow MPs and their staff to access the system directly through their secure parliamentary account without an additional logon.</p><p>- MPs and staff no longer need to send paper receipts and invoices to IPSA, but can scan or photograph them and upload them digitally onto the system. This improves data security and means that IPSA can process and reimburse claims more quickly.</p><p>- MPs’ staff members can now be reimbursed directly by IPSA for their own expenses rather than via their MPs.</p><p>- MPs and their staff are now able to amend their personal details, including any change of name or address, on the new system themselves, without needing to submit a form to IPSA.</p><p>- The new system allows claims from different budgets to be submitted on the same form, rather than having to submit multiple forms.</p><p>- MPs and their staff have constant access to financial information about the amounts left in their budgets and the status of any repayments or amounts owed, rather than waiting a monthly financial statement from IPSA.</p><p> </p><p>As of 13 June, 612 MPs have successfully submitted claims on the new system. IPSA is committed to supporting and training MPs and their staff as they become accustomed to the new online claims system. IPSA does not intend to make it its policy to reinstate the previous system.</p>
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-20T12:12:33.917Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
previous answer version
123708
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
242
label Biography information for Sir Christopher Chope more like this
1132886
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answering body
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept id 90 more like this
answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
hansard heading Members: Internet more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what estimate his Department has made on the potential cost incurred by MPs' offices in answering web-based inquiries generated by (a) 38 Degrees and (b) other websites in the last 12 months. more like this
tabling member constituency Southampton, Itchen more like this
tabling member printed
Royston Smith more like this
uin 266190 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
answer text <p>I have asked IPSA to provide this reply.</p><p>IPSA is the statutory body responsible for regulating and paying the salaries, business costs and expenses of MPs. This includes regulating and paying the salaries of staff members who work for MPs.</p><p> </p><p>Each MP is allocated a budget from which their staffing costs are paid. The current staffing budget for MPs in London constituencies is £166,930; and for non-London MPs, the budget is £155,930.</p><p> </p><p>In the 2018-19 financial year, MPs spent £91.1 million on staffing costs, including employment costs and other staffing services.</p><p> </p><p>IPSA does not hold information on the cost attributable to staff members carrying out specific activities such as responding to web-based inquiries generated by 38 Degrees or other websites.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-25T14:56:09.553Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-25T14:56:09.553Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
4478
label Biography information for Royston Smith more like this
1133851
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-21more like thismore than 2019-06-21
answering body
Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept id 9 more like this
answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
hansard heading Church of England: Scotland more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 262402, if she will provide the details of those landholdings. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh North and Leith more like this
tabling member printed
Deidre Brock more like this
uin 267754 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
answer text <p>The Church Commissioners publish their largest 20 direct equity holdings and the largest 20 property holdings in their annual report (pg 76) a copy of which is available in the Library of the House of Commons or here: <a href="https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2019-05/Church%20Commissioners%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2019-05/Church%20Commissioners%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf</a>.</p><p>Due to commercial sensitivities the Church Commissioners do not give more detailed breakdowns of their holdings. A full list of holdings in Scotland would be identifiable via the Land Registry.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Meriden more like this
answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-26T15:46:49.98Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T15:46:49.98Z
answering member
312
label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
tabling member
4417
label Biography information for Deidre Brock more like this
1135780
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
answering body
Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept id 9 more like this
answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
hansard heading Churches: Tourism more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England has taken to promote tourism to its churches and cathedrals. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 271461 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
answer text <p>The Church of England welcomes the Government’s new Tourism Sector Deal, which encompasses all our churches and cathedrals and will give a significant boost to our cultural heritage. Cathedrals in England attract over 10 million visitors a year, the majority as tourists.</p><p>The Church supports the work of the Churches Visitor and Tourism Association on several initiatives that help the public learn more about their local churches:</p><ul><li>The<a href="https://www.explorechurches.org/" target="_blank"> Explore Churches</a> website run by the National Churches Trust provides a single online gateway for anyone wanting to visit churches, whether as a tourist or a pilgrim.</li><li>The <a href="https://facultyonline.churchofengland.org/churches" target="_blank">Church Heritage Record</a> provides geo-located data on every Church of England church, including information on the history of the building where it is available. Local congregations are encouraged to add details of their church to this and to <a href="https://www.achurchnearyou.com/" target="_blank">A Church Near You</a>, to help people planning visits.</li></ul><p>The Church of England also supports the Cathedrals Marketing and Communications Network to share best practice and coordinate national campaigns. Individual cathedrals encourage visitors through hosting special exhibitions, such as Luke Jerram’s <em>Gaia</em>, currently at Liverpool Cathedral, and Tim Peake’s space capsule, which was visited by over 170,000 people when on display at Peterborough Cathedral as part of a national tour.</p>
answering member constituency Meriden more like this
answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
question first answered
remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-07-03T15:43:20.413Z
answering member
312
label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1132159
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
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 Randox Testing Services 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 recent estimate his Department has made of the number of cases of forensic manipulation at Randox that resulted in a conviction being overturned; and in how many of those cases had a custodial sentence already been served. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield, Heeley more like this
tabling member printed
Louise Haigh more like this
uin 264437 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
answer text <p>There is an ongoing investigation into data manipulation at Randox Testing Services. The Crown Prosecution Service will continue to support this process to ensure that fairness and transparency in the system is maintained.</p><p> </p><p>The Crown Prosecution Service can only comment on cases that it is responsible for prosecuting. For the cases which it prosecutes, the Crown Prosecution Service does not maintain a central record of the number of cases of forensic manipulation at Randox that resulted in a conviction being overturned or a record of how many of those cases involved a custodial sentence. Such information could only be obtained through a manual search of records which would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </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 2019-06-20T14:01:35.983Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-20T14:01:35.983Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4473
label Biography information for Louise Haigh more like this
1132830
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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 Prosecutions: South Yorkshire 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 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
tabling member constituency Wentworth and Dearne more like this
tabling member printed
John Healey more like this
uin 266094 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
grouped question UIN
266095 more like this
266096 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.863Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.863Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
attachment
1
file name 266094, 266095 and 266096 - Annex A.docx more like this
title Annex A more like this
tabling member
400
label Biography information for John Healey more like this
1132831
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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 Prosecutions: South Yorkshire 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 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
tabling member constituency Wentworth and Dearne more like this
tabling member printed
John Healey more like this
uin 266095 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
grouped question UIN
266094 more like this
266096 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.927Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
attachment
1
file name 266094, 266095 and 266096 - Annex A.docx more like this
title Annex A more like this
tabling member
400
label Biography information for John Healey more like this
1132834
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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 Prosecutions: South Yorkshire 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 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
tabling member constituency Wentworth and Dearne more like this
tabling member printed
John Healey more like this
uin 266096 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
grouped question UIN
266094 more like this
266095 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.987Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-26T10:24:58.987Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
attachment
1
file name 266094, 266095 and 266096 - Annex A.docx more like this
title Annex A more like this
tabling member
400
label Biography information for John Healey more like this
1132928
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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 Rape: Prosecutions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of reported rape cases that were passed to the Crown Prosecution Service by the police forces of England and Wales were returned to the police for further evidence to be gathered in 2017-18. more like this
tabling member constituency Torfaen more like this
tabling member printed
Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this
uin 266227 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
answer text <p>Rape is a horrific crime which has a significant and profound impact on victims. It is vital to ensure that cases are investigated thoroughly in order to bring them to justice. To achieve this, it is necessary in many cases to seek further information before a prosecutor is able to determine whether or not to charge. This process ensures that cases are as robust as possible once they reach the court.</p><p>In 2017-18, cases were referred back to the Police for 61% of suspects in cases recorded as rape in the system. Whilst one situation where the CPS may refer a case back to the Police is to request further evidence, it could also be in instances when the Police have sought ‘early investigative advice’ from the CPS to assist in determining the evidence required for a charge. It is not possible to separate cases where the CPS has requested further evidence and when the Police have sought early investigative advice.</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 2019-06-24T15:26:16.1Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T15:26:16.1Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4479
label Biography information for Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this
1132935
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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 Rape: Prosecutions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of reported rape cases in 2017-18 passed to the CPS by the police forces of England and Wales were returned to the police for further evidence to be gathered, and were not subsequently returned to the CPS with that further evidence. more like this
tabling member constituency Torfaen more like this
tabling member printed
Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this
uin 266233 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
answer text <p>The CPS recognises that rape and serious sexual offences have a significant and profound impact on victims. It is vital to ensure that cases are investigated thoroughly in order to bring them to justice. To achieve this, it is necessary in many cases to seek further information before a prosecutor is able to determine whether or not to charge. In such cases, an action plan requesting further evidence will be provided to the police by the CPS.</p><p> </p><p>When the Police are unable to respond to the action plan, the case is administratively finalised. This is an administrative process where cases are closed on the CPS’s Case Management System if, after reminders from the CPS, the Police do not submit further information. Such cases may be reopened if, at a later date, new material is provided to the CPS by the Police enabling them to decide whether to charge.</p><p> </p><p>The Police may also seek ‘early investigative advice’ from the CPS to assist in determining the evidence required for a charge. In these cases the CPS may also administratively finalise a case if after receiving CPS advice, the Police do not re-submit the case.</p><p> </p><p>In 2017/18, 22% of all rape cases referred to the CPS were administratively finalised.</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-24T16:34:49.637Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T16:34:49.637Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4479
label Biography information for Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this