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star this property date less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Photographs: Crime more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce legislation making it an offence to take multiple images of an individual, unless it is in the public interest to do so, without that person's permission and where the intent was neither legitimate nor lawful. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 5641 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 2017-07-26more like thismore than 2017-07-26
unstar this property answer text <p>The existing law offers protection to anyone subject to intrusive and harassing behaviour from those that seek to take images of them. Depending on the facts of the case, images taken with the intention of causing alarm or distress to the victim may amount to harassment. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 already makes it an offence for someone to pursue a course of conduct which amounts to harassment and which the perpetrator knows, or ought to know, amounts to harassment of the other. Harassment is generally understood to involve improper, oppressive and unreasonable conduct that is targeted at an individual and calculated to alarm them or cause them distress. If such behaviour is reported to the police, they will investigate and the Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether a prosecution should be brought. The courts will determine whether the elements of any offence are made out</p><p>We continue to keep the law under review but have no current plans to introduce further legislation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2017-07-26T14:42:55.077Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-26T14:42:55.077Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Lidington more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
753554
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Electronic Surveillance: Crime more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce legislation to make it an offence to use a digital device to repeatedly locate, listen to or watch a person without a legitimate purpose. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 5642 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 2017-07-26more like thismore than 2017-07-26
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government continues to keep the law under review, working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office. There are no current plans to introduce new legislation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2017-07-26T14:42:28.527Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-26T14:42:28.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Lidington more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
753555
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Harassment 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 Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce legislation to make it an offence to repeatedly order goods or services for another person if the purpose of such actions is to cause distress, anxiety or to disrupt that person's daily life. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 5643 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 2017-07-26more like thismore than 2017-07-26
unstar this property answer text <p>The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (the 1997 Act) already makes it an offence for someone to pursue a course of conduct which amounts to harassment of another and which they know, or ought to know, amounts to harassment of the other. Harassment is generally understood to involve improper, oppressive and unreasonable conduct that is targeted at an individual and calculated to alarm them or cause them distress.</p><p>Depending on the circumstances, repeatedly sending letters or unwanted 'gifts' or other objects to someone or arranging for others to deliver unwanted items to them could constitute harassment. Where such behaviour is reported to the police, it would be for them to investigate, for the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether a prosecution should be brought, and for the court to determine whether the elements of the offence are made out.</p><p>The Government has no plans to introduce additional legislation in this area.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2017-07-26T14:43:26.063Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-26T14:43:26.063Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Lidington more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1130962
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Family Courts more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) public and (b) private law cases were referred to the Family Courts in each of the last five years. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 262428 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 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
unstar this property answer text <p>Statistics for the number of public and private Law case applications referred to the family courts in the each of the last five years is published in the Family Court Statistics Quarterly, and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-court-statistics-quarterly-october-to-december-2018</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2019-06-18T09:44:52.83Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T09:44:52.83Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1130963
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Family Courts more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many private law cases were referred to the Family Courts in which (a) both, (b) one and (c) neither parent or carer were represented by a solicitor in each of the last five years. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 262429 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 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
unstar this property answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>The number of unrepresented parties in private law Children Act case starts are shown in the table below: <table><tbody><tr><td colspan="7"><p><strong>Table 1:</strong> Annual number of private law cases starting in Family Courts in England and Wales from 2014 to 2018 in which both, one or neither party had legal representation</p></td></tr><tr><td rowspan="2"><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td rowspan="2"><p><strong>Total number of cases started</strong></p></td><td colspan="3"><p><strong>Parties with legal representation</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Both applicant and respondent</p></td><td><p>Either applicant or respondent</p></td><td><p>Neither applicant nor respondent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p><strong> 42,114 </strong></p></td><td><p>7,424</p></td><td><p>18,630</p></td><td><p>16,060</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p><strong> 43,347 </strong></p></td><td><p>7,654</p></td><td><p>18,500</p></td><td><p>17,193</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p><strong> 48,246 </strong></p></td><td><p>8,262</p></td><td><p>20,048</p></td><td><p>19,936</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p><strong> 50,652 </strong></p></td><td><p>8,303</p></td><td><p>20,497</p></td><td><p>21,852</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018</p></td><td><p><strong> 51,672 </strong></p></td><td><p>8,561</p></td><td><p>20,346</p></td><td><p>22,765</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Notes:</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="7"><p>1) An applicant party is considered 'represented' if at least one applicant has a recorded representative. Likewise for respondents.</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="7"><p>2) Parties in private law cases are usually the parents or people with parental responsibility for the child/children involved. Others, including grandparents and carers, can apply after gaining permission from the court.</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="7"><p>3) Private law adoptions are not included</p></td></tr></tbody></table>Since 2015, we have invested almost £6.5million in a support strategy for unrepresented parties. This provides practical support and information as well as routes to free or more affordable legal advice. Public funding remains available for parents in public law Children Act proceedings where a local authority seeks an order to place a child in care or under its supervision, and in private law Children Act cases where there is evidence of domestic or child abuse.<table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table></p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2019-06-18T16:30:36.553Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T16:30:36.553Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1133231
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star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Civil Proceedings 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 Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has any plans to consult on the possibility of a statutory definition for vexatious applications in the court system in England and Wales. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 266754 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 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Justice has no plans to consult on the possibility of a statutory definition for vexatious applications. It is unacceptable for someone to use court processes to harass or abuse a former partner.</p><p>The Divisional Court currently rules on whether an application is vexatious and this judicial decision is made on a case by case basis given the restriction to access to justice of the applicant if found to be vexatious.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2019-06-27T12:09:21.677Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T12:09:21.677Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1133236
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star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Courts: Buildings more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints his Department has received from witnesses and victims on a failure to provide separate entrances and waiting areas in courts in England and Wales in each of the last three years. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 266759 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
unstar this property answer text <p>Over the past three years, the number of complaints recorded about courts in England and Wales not having separate entrances and waiting areas for witnesses and victims is as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Financial year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number recorded</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018/19</p></td><td><p>9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Our Victims Strategy, published last year, commits to improving court environments with new victim-friendly waiting areas and an emphasis on accessibility for the most vulnerable.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2019-06-28T09:44:49.987Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T09:44:49.987Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1134607
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star this property date less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Enforcement more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what level of charges Approved Enforcement Agencies may add to original financial penalties imposed by criminal courts, and whether his Department has plans to change that level. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 269100 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 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
unstar this property answer text <p>The level of fees that an Enforcement agent may levy is set out in The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014, SI 2014 No1</p><p> </p><p><strong>Compliance Stage - £75.00</strong></p><p>The Compliance fee is levied for correspondence to the Debtor from the Approved Enforcement Agency. The amount levied does not change dependent on amount owed and is only payable once.</p><p><strong>Enforcement Fee - £235.00</strong></p><p>This fee is levied for a visit to the Debtor following on from the compliance process and is also only payable once. An additional 7.5% of the value of the debt is payable in cases where the original debt exceeds £1,500</p><p><strong>Sale or Disposal Fee - £110.00</strong></p><p>This fee is levied for the sale or disposal of goods if the original debt is not settled in full or if a proposal for a repayment plan is not offered. This fee is also only payable once. An additional 7.5% of the value of the debt is payable in cases where the original debt exceeds £1,500.</p><p> </p><p>Approved Enforcement Agencies can also charge for the reasonable cost of storing goods, hiring a locksmith, court fees, auction costs, exceptional costs. These charges only apply to actual cost.</p><p> </p><p>There are no plans to change the level of fees, which are set out in secondary legislation, at the current time.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T16:14:17.623Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T16:14:17.623Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1134608
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star this property date less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Enforcement more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the level of charges added by Approved Enforcement Agencies to the original financial penalties imposed by criminal courts in each of the last four quarters. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 269101 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 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
unstar this property answer text <p>Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) does not collate this information at a quarterly level. Data received from Approved Enforcement Agencies indicates that they recovered £28,169,343.39 in fees from Warrants of Control over the period 1<sup>st</sup> April 2018 – 31<sup>st</sup> March 2019. The fee, which varies for different processes is paid by the debtor direct to the AEA on top of their original fine.</p><p> </p><p>The level of fees that an Enforcement agent may levy are set out in The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014, SI 2014 No1 to ensure transparency and consistency.</p><p> </p><p>We take the recovery and enforcement of court fines very seriously. Courts already have the power to issue warrants through enforcement agencies, and we have robust processes in place to ensure enforcement agents comply to the same standards as HMCTS staff.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T16:53:06.627Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T16:53:06.627Z
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3926
star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1134609
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Enforcement more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the expected savings to the public purse through service contracts with Approved Enforcement Agencies. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 269102 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 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
unstar this property answer text <p>It is estimated that re-procurement of service contracts with Approved Enforcement Agencies (AEAs) has the potential to deliver resource savings of £25m over the initial term of the contract (5 years), every penny of which will be reinvested into the justice system. Current AEAs contracts include provision for the enforcement of Warrants of Control and Warrants of Arrest; the new service contracts will also include provision for Warrants of Arrest currently undertaken by civilian enforcement officers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2019-07-02T16:25:18.877Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T16:25:18.877Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter