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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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 Attorney General: Bullying 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 number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his Department in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 251305 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
answer text <p>There have been no recorded cases of bullying and harassment in the Attorney General’s Office in any of the last five years.</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 2019-05-15T09:59:11.78Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-15T09:59:11.78Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this
1125592
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
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 Rape: Disclosure of Information 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 assessment he has made of the effect on victims of rape of CPS rape and sexual offence legal guidance in relation to disclosure of medical records and counselling notes. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Farrelly more like this
uin 252498 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
answer text <p>All complainants are entitled to protection from unnecessary and unjustified invasion of their private lives. Medical records and counselling notes will routinely engage an individual’s Article 8 ECHR right to privacy.</p><p> </p><p>CPS guidance is clear that where it is a reasonable line of enquiry in the investigation, the police should obtain the complainant’s informed consent to gain access to these records and, in the limited circumstances where it is appropriate, to enable disclosure of material to the defence. Where records amount to unused material, prosecutors will robustly apply the relevant statutory provisions when deciding whether such material should be disclosed to the defence.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS is working with the police and stakeholders to ensure complainants are aware of why their records are required and how they will be used to allow them to make an informed decision.</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 2019-05-16T14:49:01.12Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-16T14:49:01.12Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
1436
label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1126054
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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 Attorney General: Former Ministers 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 much his Department has paid to hon. Members under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991 since 13 July 2016. more like this
tabling member constituency Ellesmere Port and Neston more like this
tabling member printed
Justin Madders more like this
uin 253623 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Office has made no payments to Honourable Members under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991 since 13 July 2016.</p><p> </p><p>Since 13 July 2016, two Ministers have left office, both were as a result of a Ministerial reshuffle and as such no severance payments were made.</p><p> </p><p>Reports of any Ministerial severance pay are published in the audited annual report and accounts for HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor and can be found on gov.uk.</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 2019-05-16T13:50:20.247Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-16T13:50:20.247Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4418
label Biography information for Justin Madders more like this
1126136
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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 Attorney General: Brexit 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 staff of his Department who were transferred or seconded to work (a) in other Departments and (b) on other departmental briefs on preparations for the UK to leave the EU have since returned to his Department. more like this
tabling member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
tabling member printed
Tom Brake more like this
uin 253465 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Office had one employee who joined DExEU on loan to support work on preparations for the UK to leave the EU. The employee subsequently moved permanently to another department and will not return to the Attorney General’s Office.</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 2019-05-21T08:06:53.123Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T08:06:53.123Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
1126567
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
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: Sick Leave 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 officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in his Department; and what the cost was to his Department of officials taking sick leave over that period. more like this
tabling member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
tabling member printed
Tom Brake more like this
uin 254076 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has had officials take sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months. However, we are not in a position to release this data, as due to the small size of the office this could lead to individuals becoming identifiable.</p><p>The AGO is highly committed to the health and wellbeing of its staff, and works to help them to manage stress in the workplace. The AGO offers a range of guidance and services in place to support staff, including launching its own wellbeing statement and strategy, and receiving the commitment of the Executive Board to wellbeing. The staff volunteer led wellbeing group has organised numerous events for colleagues to help improve wellbeing and manage stress. The AGO also offers free counselling services for staff members.</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 2019-05-22T14:47:16.31Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-22T14:47:16.31Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
1126592
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
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: West Midlands 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, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2019 to Question 249931 on Prosecutions: West Midlands, what the average time was for the CPS to reach a decision in the West Midlands in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Edgbaston more like this
tabling member printed
Preet Kaur Gill more like this
uin 254257 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
answer text <p>Records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), provide data showing the average time (in calendar days) from receipt of the pre-charge case to the decision to charge.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the average number of days from the date a charging decision is requested by the police to the date the decision to charge is taken for the West Midlands Area in each year from 2013/14 to 2017/18.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>2013-2014</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014-2015</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-2016</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-2017</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-2018</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands</p></td><td><p>10.54</p></td><td><p>10.95</p></td><td><p>11.65</p></td><td><p>14.41</p></td><td><p>17.31</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System</em></p><p> </p><p>During this period there has been a shift in the type of pre-charge decisions referred to the CPS. For example, in the period between 2013/14 and 2017/18, there was an increase of over 26% in rape flagged pre-charge decisions referred to CPS West Midlands. Rape and serious sexual offences investigations can be highly complex in nature and typically involve the review of a large quantity of evidence resulting in an increase in the amount of time required for the CPS to come to a charging decision.</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-20T10:24:38.683Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T10:24:38.683Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4603
label Biography information for Preet Kaur Gill more like this
1129073
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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: Disclosure of Information 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 the Sub-Group to the Criminal Justice Board and Review of the Criminal Justice Response to Rape and Serious Sexual Offences plans to make an assessment of the (a) effectiveness and (b) effect on survivors of rape of the legal guidance issued by the CPS on rape and sexual offence in relation to disclosure of medical records and counselling notes. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 259168 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service is working with the police, government departments and third sector stakeholders on the Government’s review into how the criminal justice system responds to rape and serious sexual offences. The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to working with all involved in the Review, including stakeholders, to identify and address any issues that are identified.</p><p>Complainants are entitled to protection from unnecessary and unjustified invasion of their private lives. CPS guidance is clear that where it is a reasonable line of enquiry in the investigation, the police should obtain complainants’ informed consent to gain access to medical records and counselling notes. Prosecutors will robustly apply the relevant statutory provisions when deciding whether such material should be disclosed to the defence.</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 2019-06-12T15:12:37.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-12T15:12:37.927Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1129271
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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: Mental Health 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, if the Government will review the CPS guidance given to victims of rape on seeking therapy. more like this
tabling member constituency Ealing Central and Acton more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Rupa Huq more like this
uin 259357 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
answer text <p>It is vital that victims are confident they will be treated with the utmost fairness by the justice system. CPS committed, as part of the cross-Government Victims Strategy, to launch new guidance on pre-trial therapy to reduce the perception amongst victims, therapists and criminal justice professionals that it will damage the prosecution case. This is due to be published this summer. Additionally, a new toolkit for prosecutors on the support that an individual suffering from a mental health condition will require was launched in August 2018.</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 2019-06-06T11:17:26.04Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-06T11:17:26.04Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4511
label Biography information for Dr Rupa Huq more like this
1130565
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
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: Living Wage 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 organisations that hold contracts with his Department pay the National Living Wage. more like this
tabling member constituency Ellesmere Port and Neston more like this
tabling member printed
Justin Madders more like this
uin 261262 more like this
answer
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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 <p>The Attorney General’s Office does not hold direct contracts with organisations. Goods and services are obtained through direct ordering with a supplier, or through contracts held by other government departments.</p><p> </p><p>The Attorney General’s Office holds no information on rates of pay for other organisations. Specific rates of pay are a matter for each individual organisation.</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 2019-06-13T16:26:41.983Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T16:26:41.983Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4418
label Biography information for Justin Madders more like this
1130703
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, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of cases of rape reported to the CPS were administratively finalised 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 261500 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answer text <p>It is important to stress that ’administrative finalisation’ is not a prosecutorial decision. It is an administrative process where cases are closed on CPS’ electronic case management system. It does not necessarily mean the proceedings are at an end. Such cases may be reopened, if at a later date, new material is provided to the prosecution enabling a charging decision to be made.</p><p> </p><p>Proceedings are administratively finalised when:</p><p> </p><ul><li>The police seek early investigative advice from the CPS and did not resubmit the case to the CPS for a charging decision. In these instances, the case enters the CPS records but was never actually referred for a charging decision.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>The police do refer a case to the police but there is insufficient evidence to bring a charge, sothe CPS ask the police to complete an action plan in order to improve the evidence. If the police are unable to respond to the action plan or decide not to pursue the matter, then the case will be ‘administratively finalised’ on the CPS system because the police cannot bring forward a case with sufficient evidence to charge.</li></ul><p>There was a 9% reduction in referrals from the police between 2016/17 and 2017/18. During this period, the percentage of cases resulting in no further action remained largely unchanged. There was, however, a significant increase in both the volume and percentage of cases administratively finalised. This is largely because of internal CPS administrative processes, reminding users to ‘administratively finalise’ cases where the police had requested early advice but had not resubmitted.</p><p>This coincided with an increase in the number of cases where the police have not responded to early investigative advice or an action plan has resulted in a rise in the number of administrative finalisations.</p><p>The table below shows the outcome of all referrals from the police for a pre charge decision, and show both the volume and the rates of these outcomes</p><p>TABLE KEY:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Decision to charge: Prosecutors must be satisfied there is enough evidence to provide a &quot;realistic prospect of conviction&quot; against each defendant and that the prosecution is in the public interest.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Take no further action: This is a prosecutorial decision based on an assessment that there is insufficient evidence to provide a “realistic prospect of conviction” or that a prosecution is not in the public interest. The case may be reopened if the police provide further evidence or the victim successfully appeals the decision under the victims right to review;</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Out of Court Disposal: Out of court disposals include a caution, conditional caution or the recommendation that the offence is taken into consideration with other charges;</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Other: the result of the charging decision is not known or has not been given for that suspect.</li></ul><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Volumes &amp; Rates as %</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Charge</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>No Further Action</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Out of Court Disposal</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Admin Finalised</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Other</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010-2011</strong></p></td><td><p>3,387 (42%)</p></td><td><p>4,339 (53%)</p></td><td><p>65 (1%)</p></td><td><p>321 (4%)</p></td><td><p>18 (0%)</p></td><td><p>8,130</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011-2012</strong></p></td><td><p>3,213 (47%)</p></td><td><p>3,281 (48%)</p></td><td><p>42 (1%)</p></td><td><p>275 (4%)</p></td><td><p>11 (0%)</p></td><td><p>6,822</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2012-2013</strong></p></td><td><p>2,889 (53%)</p></td><td><p>2,195 (41%)</p></td><td><p>34 (1%)</p></td><td><p>281 (5%)</p></td><td><p>5 (0%)</p></td><td><p>5,404</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013-2014</strong></p></td><td><p>3,621 (62%)</p></td><td><p>1,857 (32%)</p></td><td><p>23 (0%)</p></td><td><p>341 (6%)</p></td><td><p>8 (0%)</p></td><td><p>5,850</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2014-2015</strong></p></td><td><p>3,648 (59%)</p></td><td><p>1,997 (32%)</p></td><td><p>29 (0%)</p></td><td><p>484 (8%)</p></td><td><p>1 (0%)</p></td><td><p>6,159</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2015-2016</strong></p></td><td><p>3,910 (57%)</p></td><td><p>2,271 (33%)</p></td><td><p>24 (0%)</p></td><td><p>645 (9%)</p></td><td><p>5 (0%)</p></td><td><p>6,855</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2016-2017</strong></p></td><td><p>3,671 (56%)</p></td><td><p>2,145 (32%)</p></td><td><p>30 (0%)</p></td><td><p>761 (12%)</p></td><td><p>4 (0%)</p></td><td><p>6,611</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2017-2018</strong></p></td><td><p>2,822 (47%</p></td><td><p>1,851 (31%)</p></td><td><p>26 (0%)</p></td><td><p>1,307 (22%)</p></td><td><p>6 (0%)</p></td><td><p>6,012</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-17T15:09:46.827Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:09:46.827Z
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