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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-01-26more like thismore than 2021-01-26
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 Crown Prosecution Service: Coronavirus 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, how many and what proportion of CPS staff have had to self-isolate as a result of the covid-19 outbreak; and what the (a) role and (b) staffing grade of those staff is. more like this
tabling member constituency Lewisham West and Penge more like this
tabling member printed
Ellie Reeves more like this
uin 143867 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-02-03more like thismore than 2021-02-03
answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>The Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’) holds data on staff who have been absent due to COVID-19 and received Special Leave with Pay. The Table below summarises that data, with the column labelled ‘Special Leave With Pay – Other reasons’ including those who have self-isolated. This column shows that 253 staff (approximately 3.8% of the workforce) fall within this category. However, in general, those who have self-isolated will predominantly have continued to work remotely and will not have needed to take time away from the workplace. <table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Grade</strong></p></td><td><p>Special Leave with pay-Caring responsibilities (number of staff)</p></td><td><p>Special Leave with pay-Other reasons (number of staff)</p></td><td><p>Special Leave with pay-respiratory (number of staff)</p></td><td><p><strong>Totals</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Headcount</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Percentage of grade</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>A1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>69.23%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>A2</p></td><td><p>52</p></td><td><p>66</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>118</p></td><td><p>1130</p></td><td><p>10.44%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>B2</p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>28</p></td><td><p>260</p></td><td><p>10.77%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>B3</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>26</p></td><td><p>207</p></td><td><p>12.56%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Crown Advocate</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>194</p></td><td><p>5.67%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Crown Prosecutor</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>240</p></td><td><p>5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Level D</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>14</p></td><td><p>163</p></td><td><p>8.59%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Level E</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>1.59%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Legal Manager 1</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>19</p></td><td><p>290</p></td><td><p>6.55%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Legal Manager 2</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>3%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Paralegal Assistant</p></td><td><p>17</p></td><td><p>17</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>260</p></td><td><p>13.46%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Paralegal Business Manager</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>109</p></td><td><p>10.09%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Paralegal Officer</p></td><td><p>36</p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>59</p></td><td><p>609</p></td><td><p>9.69%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Senior Crown Prosecutor</p></td><td><p>120</p></td><td><p>53</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>176</p></td><td><p>1726</p></td><td><p>10.2%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Specialist Prosecutor</p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>14</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>36</p></td><td><p>211</p></td><td><p>17.06%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Senior Specialist Prosecutor</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>16</p></td><td><p>18.75%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Senior Legal Manager/SCS</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>81</p></td><td><p>2.47%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>AP</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>141</p></td><td><p>9.22%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>B1/Legal Trainee/EO</p></td><td><p>47</p></td><td><p>39</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>89</p></td><td><p>735</p></td><td><p>12.11%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>402</strong> <strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>253 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>10</strong> <strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>665</strong> <strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>6594</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>10.08%</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table></p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table>
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-02-03T15:39:55.563Zmore like thismore than 2021-02-03T15:39:55.563Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4620
label Biography information for Ellie Reeves more like this
1130704
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-07more like thismore than 2019-06-07
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 the average number of days taken from a report of rape to a decision to charge was in each year since 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency Ashfield more like this
tabling member printed
Gloria De Piero more like this
uin 261501 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a record of the average number of days taken from a report of rape to the police through to a decision to charge. Data is, however, held on the average number of days from submission of a rape case by the police to the CPS through to the date of the decision to charge. The CPS works closely with police colleagues to ensure that where individuals are charged, cases have been thoroughly investigated and individuals are properly charged and prosecuted so that the interests of both victims and perpetrators are protected and cases do not collapse mid-trial. The figures provided in the table below include the end to end timeliness from submission to the date of the decision to charge. This comprises of the time when the case was with both police and the CPS. <table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong> <strong>Average Number of Calendar Days </strong> <strong>Receipt to Decision to Charge</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Average Consultations per Suspect</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010-2011</strong></p></td><td><p>32</p></td><td><p>1.71</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011-2012</strong></p></td><td><p>33</p></td><td><p>1.74</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2012-2013</strong></p></td><td><p>34</p></td><td><p>1.69</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013-2014</strong></p></td><td><p>40</p></td><td><p>1.66</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2014-2015</strong></p></td><td><p>55</p></td><td><p>1.65</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2015-2016</strong></p></td><td><p>53</p></td><td><p>1.66</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2016-2017</strong></p></td><td><p>67</p></td><td><p>1.80</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2017-2018</strong></p></td><td><p>78</p></td><td><p>1.97</p></td></tr></tbody></table></p></td></tr></tbody></table><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. The number of consultations between CPS prosecutors and police investigators is important. Consultations allow for a close examination of the evidence thus ensuring the case is strong. Clearly, the more consultations that take place, the longer the time between receipt of the case and the decision to charge.</p><p> </p><p>Police are now encouraged to seek early investigative advice more often and in particular in rape and serious sexual offences cases. 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, fewer cases are dropped after the defendant has been charged. With the increase in early investigative advice, CPS is more often involved at an earlier stage in proceedings and this will invariably impact on the average number of consultations and overall timeliness.</p><p> </p><p>There has also been an increase in the complexity of rape cases investigated by the police. Investigations often involve 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 also impacts on the average number of consultations and timeliness of the pre-charge stage of the case.</p><p> </p><p>CPS prosecutors work closely with police colleagues to build strong cases which can be brought before the courts. Increased complexity has been evidenced over time by the rise in the average number of consultations with the police. Since 2010/11, the number has increased from 1.71 to 1.98 consultations per case, a rise of 16%.</p><p> </p><p>Changes have now been made to the Casework Management System to provide for a more sophisticated level of reporting. In future, CPS will be able to report the timeliness for each individual consultation.</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-13T08:28:06.887Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T08:28:06.887Z
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
1167807
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-11-01more like thismore than 2019-11-01
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 Attorney General: Honours 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 staff in his Department in receipt of each category of Honour in (a) December 2018 and (b) June 2019 were (i) from ethnic minority backgrounds and (ii) female aged (A) under 30, (B) 31 to 40, (C) 41 to 50 and (D) aged over 50. more like this
tabling member constituency Feltham and Heston more like this
tabling member printed
Seema Malhotra more like this
uin 8586 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
answer text <p>he Government is committed to ensuring that the honours system is fully representative of UK society. The proportion of women and people from ethnic minorities receiving recognition on each honours list is available on GOV.UK as is a breakdown of ethnicities of recipients is published on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/honours-recipients-by-ethnicity" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/honours-recipients-by-ethnicity</a>.</p><p> </p><p>Information on ages is not correlated with other diversity factors. We also publish the proportion of honours by independent committee on GOV.UK. The numbers of honours recipients in the Attorney General’s Office are very small and vary from year to year. Releasing the requested data would identify the individuals and they have given permission for their data to be used for statistical purposes only.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-11-05T16:25:42.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T16:25:42.307Z
answering member
1508
label Biography information for Sir Geoffrey Cox more like this
tabling member
4253
label Biography information for Seema Malhotra more like this
1226466
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-07-20more like thismore than 2020-07-20
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, with reference to the 2019-20 annual report of the Victims Commissioner, what progress has been made on the joint review by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services into the drop in rape prosecutions. more like this
tabling member constituency Lewisham West and Penge more like this
tabling member printed
Ellie Reeves more like this
uin 76852 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-07-29more like thismore than 2020-07-29
answer text <p>Work on the joint inspection by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire &amp; Rescue Services (led by the latter) has been delayed by COVID-19. However, a draft framework and methodology have been shared with stakeholders, including the Victims Commissioner, for consultation and an external reference group has been formed with the first virtual meeting to take place on 10<sup>th</sup> August 2020.</p><p> </p><p>Thereafter, it is envisaged that interviews with national leads can commence in August 2020 and fieldwork across six police forces will start in September and continue until the mid-November.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-07-29T11:14:36.217Zmore like thismore than 2020-07-29T11:14:36.217Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4620
label Biography information for Ellie Reeves more like this
1142166
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
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 Crown Prosecution Service: 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 Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effect on the outcome of legal cases of the removal of case progression officers from Crown Prosecution Service magistrates departments. more like this
tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
uin 282470 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>With the introduction of the Transforming Summary Justice (TSJ) initiative in May 2015, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) moved to full case ownership with individual lawyers being responsible for each contested case in the magistrates’ court until its conclusion. Case progression managers were removed from magistrates’ courts units, as their responsibilities and functions were now dealt with by the allocated lawyer under the supervision of their legal manager.</p><p> </p><p>Since the introduction of TSJ case outcomes and CPS performance in the magistrates’ court has been maintained or improved.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows magistrates’ courts performance between financial year 2014/15 to 2018/19.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014-15</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-16</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-17</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-18</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2018-19</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Average Number of hearings per case - Guilty Pleas</p></td><td><p>1.87</p></td><td><p>1.80</p></td><td><p>1.69</p></td><td><p>1.67</p></td><td><p>1.66</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Average Number of hearings per case - Contests</p></td><td><p>3.24</p></td><td><p>2.97</p></td><td><p>2.92</p></td><td><p>2.86</p></td><td><p>2.75</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dropped at third or subs</p></td><td><p>34.1%</p></td><td><p>30.5%</p></td><td><p>29.6%</p></td><td><p>28.4%</p></td><td><p>25.7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Conviction Rate</p></td><td><p>84.2%</p></td><td><p>83.8%</p></td><td><p>84.7%</p></td><td><p>84.8%</p></td><td><p>84.4%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Guilty Plea Rate (excl mixed pleas)</p></td><td><p>75.4%</p></td><td><p>74.8%</p></td><td><p>76.3%</p></td><td><p>76.3%</p></td><td><p>76.9%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><em>Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System (14 CPS Areas)</em></p>
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T09:12:27.35Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T09:12:27.35Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4521
label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts more like this
1249953
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-11-05more like thismore than 2020-11-05
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 Sexual Offences: 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 steps she is taking improve the CPS handling of sexual assault cases. more like this
tabling member constituency Nottingham East more like this
tabling member printed
Nadia Whittome more like this
uin 112144 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-11more like thismore than 2020-11-11
answer text <p>We, and the CPS, are working tirelessly with criminal justice partners to improve the handling of these sensitive cases. Over the last four quarters, we have seen the charging rates in rape cases continue to increase. This year, the CPS has also published its own five-year rape strategy, updated rape legal guidance and training, and continued work to drive forward a joint action plan with the police to improve the handling of these sensitive cases.</p><p>The AGO and the CPS are closely and actively engaged in the cross-Government end-to-end rape review, which will be published later this year. The CPS will address any issues identified in this review openly and honestly.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-11-11T12:17:31.447Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-11T12:17:31.447Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4869
label Biography information for Nadia Whittome more like this
1168492
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-12-19more like thismore than 2019-12-19
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 David Duckenfield 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 the (a) first, (b) second and (c) third prosecution against Mr David Duckenfield on manslaughter in relation to the Hillsborough tragedy; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Christchurch more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Christopher Chope more like this
uin 31 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answer text <p>This was a complex and harrowing case. Every effort was made to build a robust case for prosecution, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the case was handled by a team of experienced specialist prosecutors.</p><p> </p><p>As it involved the prosecution of more than one defendant, it is not possible to state definitively the total costs in relation to the prosecution of David Duckenfield alone. In June 2017, David Duckenfield, the police commander in charge of safety during the Hillsborough stadium disaster, was charged with gross negligence manslaughter. At trial in April 2019, the jury was unable to reach a verdict against David Duckenfield, while a second defendant, Graham Mackrell, was convicted of a health and safety offence. In November 2019, after a retrial at Preston Crown Court, the jury found David Duckenfield not guilty.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS estimates the cost of legal counsel fees and other prosecution costs for the prosecution of both David Duckenfield and Graham Mackrell to be approximately £1.97 million. CPS records do not capture the cost of the time spent by internal CPS staff on this case.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS cannot comment on costs incurred by the police, HM Courts and Tribunals, or any other partners in this case. Nor can the CPS comment on the private prosecution referred to in the question, which was brought against David Duckenfield by the Hillsborough Family Support Group in 2000.</p>
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-07T13:09:39.253Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-07T13:09:39.253Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
242
label Biography information for Sir Christopher Chope more like this
1258699
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-12-07more like thismore than 2020-12-07
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 Food: Advertising 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, whether she has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the legal basis to extending the scope of the public consultation for an online advertising ban of foods high in fat, salt or sugar to communication and marketing restrictions to brands’ and companies’ own websites and social media channels. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 125949 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-12-15more like thismore than 2020-12-15
answer text <p>This policy is led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).</p><p> </p><p>The Law Officers regularly meet ministerial colleagues to discuss important issues of common interest.</p><p> </p><p>However, it is a fundamental and longstanding principle of our system of government that the fact that the Law Officers have advised (or not advised) and the content of any such advice is, by convention, not disclosed outside Government, without their consent.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-12-15T13:43:53.187Zmore like thismore than 2020-12-15T13:43:53.187Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1171021
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-01-15more like thismore than 2020-01-15
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 Attorney General: Pay 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, whether his Department complies with the requirement set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time off with pay for safety representatives will not be set against facility time allowed under existing arrangements. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Stephens more like this
uin 3825 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-29more like thismore than 2020-01-29
answer text <p>This part of the response is in relation to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Government Legal Department (GLD), and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).</p><p>The three organisations above, and Government more widely, recognise that there are significant benefits to both employers and employees when organisations and unions work together effectively to deliver high quality public services. Whilst facility time within the public sector must be accountable and represent value for money, departments have an obligation to provide reasonable paid time off to recognised trade union representatives to undertake trade union duties. This includes paid time off for safety representatives as set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code.</p><p>In line with the legislative obligation, set out in the Trade Union Act (2016), information relating to facility time for relevant union officials is published annually by GLD, with facility time defined by that Act as including time off taken by a relevant union official that is permitted by the official’s employer, including where this arises under “regulations made under section 2(4) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.</p><p>The Serious Fraud Office (whose HR service is independent of the other Law Officer’s Departments) Facility Time Agreement allows for paid time off for health and safety representatives but that time off is set against the overall level of facility time agreed between the employer and the 3 recognised trade unions.</p>
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-29T11:11:53.137Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-29T11:11:53.137Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
4463
label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1169772
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-01-09more like thismore than 2020-01-09
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 Katelyn Dawson 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, if he will undertake a review of the decision by the CPS not to prosecute the driver responsible for the death of 15-year-old school girl Katelyn Dawson. more like this
tabling member constituency Huddersfield more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
uin 1686 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-14more like thismore than 2020-01-14
answer text <p>This is indeed a tragic case and I offer my sincere condolences to Katelyn Dawson’s family and friends. This case has been reviewed multiple times, culminating in an independent review by senior external Counsel which found that the case should not be prosecuted.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS determined not to bring proceedings against the driver of the vehicle as he had passed out at the wheel due to an unforeseeable medical condition. Under the Victim’s Right to Review (VRR), Katelyn’s family asked the CPS to reconsider the decision. The Chief Crown Prosecutor personally reviewed the original decision, as the first stage of the VRR process. The Chief Crown Prosecutor upheld the original decision. The Appeals and Review Unit then reviewed the case. A further independent review was then carried out by a Specialist Prosecutor. Senior Counsel external to the CPS was also instructed due to the highly sensitive nature of the case and the unusual circumstances. This second entirely independent review also concluded that the case should not be prosecuted.</p><p> </p><p>A clear and independent process is already in place to ensure victims’ rights are supported and protected and was fully operative in this case. It would therefore not be right for me to interfere with that independent process.</p>
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-14T15:52:14.42Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-14T15:52:14.42Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
411
label Biography information for Mr Barry Sheerman more like this