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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-03more like thismore than 2019-05-03
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Official Secrets Act 1989 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 Attorney General, with reference to the recent alleged disclosure of information from the National Security Council, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Official Secrets Act. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Bromwich East more like this
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Tom Watson more like this
star this property uin 250769 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 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
star this property answer text <p>The policy responsibility for the operation of the Official Secrets Acts is a matter for the Cabinet Office.</p><p> </p><p>The Attorney General’s role in respect of the Official Secrets Act is confined to granting consent to prosecute as defined in that Act.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2019-05-09T15:01:08.22Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T15:01:08.22Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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1463
unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Watson more like this
1145730
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: Finance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the additional funding for the Crown Prosecution Service announced in August 2019, what criteria he will use to decide how to distribute that funding across that Service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
star this property uin 290624 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 2019-10-04more like thismore than 2019-10-04
star this property answer text <p>The CPS will face additional demand, following the Government’s investment in 20,000 additional police officers, and the process changes required to improve performance on statutory disclosure obligations. As always the CPS will distribute funding to ensure it has the right levels of resource with the right skills and in the right geographical locations to handle future caseload volumes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2019-10-04T11:54:59.883Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-04T11:54:59.883Z
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4116
star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1129073
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Sexual Offences: Disclosure of Information more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property 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
star this property tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
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Caroline Lucas more like this
star this property uin 259168 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 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
star this property 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
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-06-12T15:12:37.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-12T15:12:37.927Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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3930
unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1121790
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-04-18more like thismore than 2019-04-18
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: Finance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether it it Government policy to mantain the level of real-term funding for the CPS in the next three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Slough more like this
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Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
star this property uin 245948 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 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
star this property answer text <p>The CPS, as with all government departments, has seen a reduction in funding since 2010. Whilst it has been a challenge, it is very important to recognise that the CPS has managed to maintain its performance. It is testament to the professionalism and commitment of the staff that has enabled this, reforming all aspects of how the organisation is managed to find efficiencies wherever possible. The CPS is now amongst the most digital prosecution services in the world.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS has a budget to enable its resourcing; the Law Officers will continue to work with them and HMT to ensure that this is the case and that their needs are reflected in any future Spending Review.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2019-04-25T09:57:26.193Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-25T09:57:26.193Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
1111211
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-04-10more like thismore than 2019-04-10
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading GATT more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether he has provided advice to the Prime Minister on whether the Government is able to trigger article 24 of the WTO General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vauxhall more like this
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Kate Hoey more like this
star this property uin 243322 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 2019-04-16more like thismore than 2019-04-16
star this property answer text <p>I regularly meet ministerial colleagues to discuss important issues of common interest, including on matters relating to the UK’s exit from the EU. I am unable to disclose the legal content of those discussions because whether or not the Law Officers have given advice and the content of any such advice is, by convention, not disclosed outside Government. The Convention protects my ability as chief legal adviser to the Government to give full and frank legal advice about some of the most contentious and difficult issues the Government will be considering.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2019-04-16T13:57:32.597Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-16T13:57:32.597Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kate Hoey more like this
1133329
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Sexual Offences more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether he has had discussions with the CPS on removing reference to the merits-based approach from (a) guidance and (b) training materials on rape and sexual offences. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harlow more like this
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Robert Halfon more like this
star this property uin 266818 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
star this property answer text <p>Rape and serious sexual offences are horrific crimes and can have a devastating impact on victims, and the CPS will always seek to prosecute where there is sufficient evidence to do so. The Attorney General and I regularly discuss issues related to rape and sexual offences with the CPS; however, charging decisions are made independently by the CPS.</p><p> </p><p>There has been no change in policy in how the CPS makes charging decisions in rape cases. Prosecutors in the CPS follow a ‘Code’, which sets out a well-established two stage test that a case must pass before a charge can be made. The first stage of this test is the evidential stage, which considers whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against each suspect on each charge. That test has remained and continues to remain the same. It applies to every single offence no matter how minor or serious.</p><p> </p><p>The Code that prosecutors follow has never included any specific reference to a merits-based assessment of the realistic prospect of conviction because it is an integral part of the evidential test. The second stage of the test is whether it is in the public interest to proceed with a prosecution, this is considered after the evidential stage is fulfilled.</p><p> </p><p>From 2009, DPP guidance included reference to a merits based approach.</p><p> </p><p>Following an inspection by HMCPSI in 2016, it became clear that including a separate reference to the merits based approach in the guidance was causing confusion leading to the incorrect application of the code test. To avoid this confusion, changes were made to the guidance provided by the DPP to prosecutors, including removing a document on the merits based approach.</p><p> </p><p>Those changes should not have, and did not have any impact on the proper application of the Code test that prosecutors follow when making a decision on whether to charge.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-06-28T12:06:30.213Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-28T12:06:30.213Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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3985
unstar this property label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
1124602
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-02more like thismore than 2019-05-02
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading National Security Council: Disclosure of Information 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 Attorney General, whether he has been asked by the Cabinet Office to assess whether there was any illegality involved in the Huawei leak from the National Security Council. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Bromwich East more like this
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Tom Watson more like this
star this property uin 250479 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 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
star this property answer text <p>The Attorney General’s role in respect of the Official Secrets Act is confined to granting consent to prosecute as defined in that Act.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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less than 2019-05-09T15:00:09.39Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T15:00:09.39Z
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1508
star this property label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
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1463
unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Watson more like this
1146655
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-26more like thismore than 2019-09-26
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Fraud: Confiscation Orders 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 Attorney General, what the total value is of all assets confiscated by the Serious Fraud Office in each of the last 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bolton South East more like this
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Yasmin Qureshi more like this
star this property uin 291355 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 2019-10-04more like thismore than 2019-10-04
star this property answer text <p>The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has a dedicated Proceeds of Crime Division which is focused on recovering the proceeds of crime so that criminals who are successfully prosecuted by the SFO do not benefit from their offending and victims can be compensated wherever possible.</p><p> </p><p>The total value of all proceeds of crime orders obtained by the SFO in each financial year since 2010, and the total value of payments made against them, can be found on the SFO website at <a href="https://www.sfo.gov.uk/about-us/" target="_blank">https://www.sfo.gov.uk/about-us/</a>.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2019-10-04T11:31:56.797Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-04T11:31:56.797Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Yasmin Qureshi more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading British American Tobacco 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 Attorney General, what the status is of the Serious Fraud Office investigation into British American Tobacco that was opened in 2017. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Oxford East more like this
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Anneliese Dodds more like this
star this property uin 271596 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 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>Progress is being made on the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into allegations of corruption in the conduct of business by British American Tobacco Plc, its subsidiaries and associated persons. It would not be appropriate to comment on the status of a live criminal investigation further at this stage.</p><p> </p><p>When it is appropriate to do so, the SFO will publish updates on the status of the investigation on their website. The most recent information can be found at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.sfo.gov.uk/cases/british-american-tobacco/" target="_blank">https://www.sfo.gov.uk/cases/british-american-tobacco/</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T11:14:14.7Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T11:14:14.7Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
star this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Anneliese Dodds more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-04more like thismore than 2019-10-04
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Trials 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 Attorney General, what the average time taken was from referral to finalisation in each year from 2009-10 to 2011-12 where the CPS made a decision to charge and where a trial outcome was recorded in England. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bolton South East more like this
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Yasmin Qureshi more like this
star this property uin 294696 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 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the average time to charge and the average time to prosecute in days.</p><p>The table below shows the total average time, in days, from referral to finalisation for each year from 2009/10 to 2011/12 where the CPS made a decision to charge and where a trial outcome was recorded in England.</p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Total average time (days) from referral to finalisation</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-2010</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>216.26</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-2011</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>217.99</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-2012</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>225.27</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p>Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System</p></td></tr></tbody></table> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2019-10-08T16:18:09.597Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T16:18:09.597Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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3924
unstar this property label Biography information for Yasmin Qureshi more like this