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unstar this property date less than 2015-06-24more like thismore than 2015-06-24
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Offences against Children more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions about the performance of the Crown Prosecution Service in prosecuting child sexual abuse cases. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 4111 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
star this property answer text <p>I have regular discussions with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on a wide range of criminal matters, including child sexual abuse (CSA) cases. The prosecution of CSA cases were specifically discussed at a meeting in February this year and the DPP outlined to me how the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is coordinating its response with the police to the Home Office CSA Inquiry.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In October 2013 the CPS issued guidelines setting out a new approach to CSA cases. Steps to be taken include the use of specialist prosecutors, the provision of dedicated CPS units to manage such cases, and the application of a new approach to considering evidence in such cases. In 2014-15, the number of child abuse prosecutions rose by 2,047 to 10,045, the highest volume of cases ever. There were 74.4% convictions in 2014-15, falling slightly from 76.2% in 2013-14, but overall there was a rise in the volume of convictions in the child abuse cases to 7,469 in 2014-15 from 6,096 in 2013-14.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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 2015-06-30T15:19:06.51Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-30T15:19:06.51Z
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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 Henry Smith more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2015-09-16more like thismore than 2015-09-16
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Media more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department is taking to improve public understanding of the legal framework applicable to social media. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 10455 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-12more like thismore than 2015-10-12
star this property answer text <p>Judging by the number of referrals from members of the public to my office there is clearly some awareness of the legal framework applicable to social media but I have sought to increase this awareness by, for example, issuing online warnings on social media, including Twitter, in appropriate cases.</p><p>In relation to the commission of criminal offences by social media users, the Crown Prosecution Service has also issued detailed guidelines to prosecutors on handling cases involving communications sent via social media.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam more like this
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2015-10-12T09:21:35.037Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-12T09:21:35.037Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2015-11-18more like thismore than 2015-11-18
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Witnesses more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what steps the CPS has recently taken to improve its support for (a) child witnesses and (b) people with learning disabilities who give evidence in criminal proceedings. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 16813 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-23more like thismore than 2015-11-23
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is committed to improving the ‘at court’ experience for all witnesses. The CPS works closely with the police and the voluntary sector to ensure that vulnerable witnesses such as children and people with learning disabilities are well supported through the Criminal Justice System.</p><p>Special measures such as the use of intermediaries, using screens at court and video live links help vulnerable witnesses, including children and people with learning difficulties, to give their best evidence. Recently, the CPS assisted the MoJ in recruiting an additional 105 intermediaries, who play a vital role in facilitating coherent conversations during police interviews and at court. The use of pre-recorded cross-examination has also been successfully piloted and the Lord Chancellor has committed publically to a national roll-out.</p><p>In September, following public consultation, the Director of Public Prosecutions announced the launch of new guidance for prosecutors entitled ‘Speaking to Witnesses at Court’. The aim of this guidance is to set out the role played by prosecutors at or before court in ensuring that witnesses give their best evidence. This will benefit all prosecution witnesses and will help them understand what to expect. These enhanced arrangements will be piloted over the coming months and will be rolled out nationally during 2016.</p>
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 2015-11-23T14:27:50.483Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-23T14:27:50.483Z
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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 Henry Smith more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2016-01-07more like thismore than 2016-01-07
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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
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star this property hansard heading Human Trafficking: Prosecutions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to improve the number of successful prosecutions for human trafficking offences. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 21543 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-13more like thismore than 2016-01-13
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued guidance to strengthen prosecutions in support of the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The CPS continues to deliver joint training with the police. The increased awareness and emphasis on working with the police to build stronger cases should lead to an improvement in the number of successful prosecutions.</p><br /><p>The Director of Public Prosecutionsis hosting a summit with the Heads of the Prosecution Services in the UK and the Lord Advocate for Scotland in February 2016 to launch joint commitments to provide a more robust UK response to human trafficking and slavery.</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 2016-01-13T13:39:36.343Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-13T13:39:36.343Z
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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 Henry Smith more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2016-10-18more like thismore than 2016-10-18
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of offences under the Wild Animals (Protection) Act 1996 in each police force area in England in 2015. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 49177 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-10-25more like thismore than 2016-10-25
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of people who have been charged with, and prosecuted for, offences brought by way of the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996. This information could only be obtained by examining CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>Although it is not possible to identify the number of people charged with particular offences, records are held showing the overall number of offences in which a prosecution commenced in the magistrates’ courts. In 2015 there was one offence commenced under the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </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 2016-10-25T09:47:22.097Zmore like thismore than 2016-10-25T09:47:22.097Z
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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 Henry Smith more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2018-03-08more like thismore than 2018-03-08
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Offences against Children: Prosecutions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what steps the CPS is taking to strengthen (a) cross-agency and (b) international joint working in child abuse cases. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 131664 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-21more like thismore than 2018-03-21
star this property answer text <p>The use of technology means that there are more cases of child abuse that have an international element. Recent successful prosecutions in this field have seen early engagement between the CPS and the police, followed by close collaboration with our overseas prosecutors and international organisations, particularly the National Crime Agency.</p><p> </p><p>Cases of online abuse have highlighted the importance of using expert evidence to demonstrate the true impact on victims, which then has a direct impact on sentence.</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 2018-03-21T09:19:22.177Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-21T09:19:22.177Z
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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 Henry Smith more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2018-09-03more like thismore than 2018-09-03
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Hate Crime: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what steps the CPS is taking to improve the rate of prosecution of people responsible for crimes against disabled people. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 169294 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-09-10more like thismore than 2018-09-10
star this property answer text <p>The CPS is committed to improving prosecutions of disability hate crime. It has delivered mandated training on disability hate crime for all prosecutors, introduced a network of Hate Crime Coordinators in CPS Areas and revised its disability hate crime legal guidance. The CPS is currently working with community partners to develop further training based upon the social model of disability, aimed at removing barriers for disabled people and improving access to justice.</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 2018-09-10T14:24:55.34Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-10T14:24:55.34Z
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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 Henry Smith more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Post Offices: Closures 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 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the (a) number and (b) percentage of main Post Office branch closure consultations that resulted in branches remaining open. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 198801 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises the critical role that post offices play in communities and for small businesses across the UK. This is why the Government committed to safeguard the post office network and protect existing rural services. The overall number of post offices across the UK remains at its most stable in decades with over 11,500 branches thanks to significant Government investment of over £2 billion since 2010.</p><p>While the Government sets the strategic direction for the Post Office, it allows the company the commercial freedom to deliver this strategy as an independent business. The distribution of branches is an operational matter of commercial judgement for Post Office management team. I have therefore asked Paula Vennells, the Group Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to you on this matter. A copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of the House.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T17:52:40.103Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T17:52:40.103Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2018-12-14more like thismore than 2018-12-14
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Research: EU Countries 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 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the level of research and development expenditure in the UK and EU member states. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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star this property uin 202309 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-20more like thismore than 2018-12-20
star this property answer text <p>The Department regularly assesses comparative levels of R&amp;D expenditure in the UK and EU member states.</p><p> </p><p>The latest ONS data estimates that overall gross R&amp;D expenditure in the UK was £33.1bn in 2016, which was 1.7% of GDP in that year. 2017 data is due to be released in March 2019. The latest OECD international comparison of R&amp;D expenditure ranked the UK 10th among EU nations in 2016. More details can be found here <a href="http://oe.cd/msti" target="_blank">http://oe.cd/msti</a>.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2018-12-20T10:58:58.107Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-20T10:58:58.107Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2019-01-30more like thismore than 2019-01-30
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Research: Finance 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 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy what comparative assessment he has made of trends in the level of spending on research and development in the (a) UK and (b) EU member states. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 214535 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-08more like thismore than 2019-02-08
star this property answer text <p>The Government is increasing public R&amp;D spending by £7 billion by 2022, this is the largest increase on record.</p><p>The department regularly assesses comparative levels of R&amp;D expenditure in the UK and EU member states.</p><p>The latest ONS data estimates that overall gross R&amp;D expenditure in the UK was £33.1bn in 2016, which was 1.7% of GDP in that year. The latest OECD international comparison of R&amp;D expenditure ranked the UK 10<sup>th</sup> among EU member states, with overall gross R&amp;D expenditure in the EU28 estimated at 1.9% of GDP in 2016. More details can be found here <a href="https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Foe.cd%2Fmsti&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C6510a2f90baf44375ded08d68cf62dab%7Ccbac700502c143ebb497e6492d1b2dd8%7C0%7C0%7C636851388031421726&amp;sdata=UcM3BPVpEoXLweRwCTbDydMMK5cPS87%2F5a3lidlxGcw%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">http://oe.cd/msti</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2019-02-08T14:44:31.03Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-08T14:44:31.03Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this