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David Lammy

Labour - Tottenham

Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

(since November 2021)
European Scrutiny Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 27th Jun 2022
Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
6th Apr 2020 - 29th Nov 2021
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
12th Dec 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
31st Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
1st Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
18th Nov 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
26th Oct 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Draft Defamation Bill (Joint Committee)
24th Mar 2011 - 12th Oct 2011
Shadow Minister (Higher Education and Intellectual Property)
12th May 2010 - 8th Oct 2010
Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Higher Education and Intellectual Property)
9th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Minister of State (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Higher Education & Intellectual Property)
5th Oct 2008 - 5th Jun 2009
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Skills)
29th Jun 2007 - 5th Oct 2008
Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture)
10th May 2005 - 28th Jun 2007
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs)
13th Jun 2003 - 10th May 2005
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)
29th May 2002 - 13th Jun 2003
Public Administration Committee
5th Mar 2001 - 11th May 2001
Procedure Committee
25th Jan 2001 - 11th May 2001


Department Event
Tuesday 6th September 2022
11:30
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
6 Sep 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Wednesday 6th July 2022
NATO Accession: Sweden and Finland
I thank the Minister for advance sight of her statement. The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO is an …
Written Answers
Friday 29th July 2022
Africa and Middle East: Visits Abroad
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many overseas visits were undertaken by Ministers …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 4th June 2020
Legal Aid and Advice
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 11th July 2022
1. Employment and earnings
30 June 2022, received £2,460 from MRA Search Ltd, 1-3 College Hill, London EC4R 2RA, for speaking at an event …
EDM signed
Monday 18th January 2021
Godfrey Colin Cameron
That this House is deeply saddened by news of the death of Godfrey Colin Cameron, a hardworking member of Parliamentary …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 9th February 2021
Victims of Crime and Anti-social Behaviour, Etc (Rights, Entitlements and Related Matters) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to make provision about the duties and responsibilities of the Victims’ Commissioner and about the Victims’ Code; to …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, David Lammy has voted in 363 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Robert Buckland (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Wales
(51 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(16 debate interactions)
Elizabeth Truss (Conservative)
Minister for Women and Equalities
(14 debate interactions)
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Ministry of Justice
(71 debate contributions)
Home Office
(16 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(14 debate contributions)
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Tottenham Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

David Lammy has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by David Lammy

14th January 2021
David Lammy signed this EDM on Monday 18th January 2021

Godfrey Colin Cameron

Tabled by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
That this House is deeply saddened by news of the death of Godfrey Colin Cameron, a hardworking member of Parliamentary security staff and member of the PCS trade union who passed away aged just 55 after contracting covid-19; extends our sincere condolences to his devoted wife Hyacinth, children Leon and …
139 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 117
Scottish National Party: 14
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
6th July 2020
David Lammy signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 6th July 2020

Enforcement

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Taking Control of Goods and Certification of Enforcement Agents (Amendment) (No. 2) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 614), dated 19 June 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 19 June 2020, be annulled.
18 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 18
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Commons initiatives

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279 Written Questions in the current parliament

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12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Tottenham of 2 October 2020 on school funding.

I can confirm that a response to the letter dated 2 October 2020 has been sent to the hon. Member for Tottenham.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of teachers employed by the state sector are non-UK EU nationals.

The Migration Advisory Committee’s report, ‘A full review of the Shortage Occupation List (May 2019)’, estimated that around 4% of secondary school teachers and around 2% of primary and nursery school teachers were born in the EEA (excluding the UK).

The Department publishes data on the nationality of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees. In 2019-20, there were 28,859 postgraduate new entrants to ITT whose nationality was known (98% of all postgraduate new entrants). Of these, 5% (1,484) were EEA nationals (excluding the UK). This is the same proportion as in academic years 2018-19, 2017-18, and 2016-17.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what effect the end of the transition period will have on UK students studying at universities in EU member states.

​The UK Government has negotiated a deal which allows us to leave the EU without disruption on 31 January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, EU rules and regulations will continue to apply in the UK during the transition period until 31 December 2020. Throughout the duration of the transition period UK students studying in the EU will be able to continue their studies as they do now.

Our future relationship with the EU will be negotiated during this transition period. Protecting the rights of both UK Nationals in the EU and EU citizens in the UK is an absolute priority for this government, and it is of mutual interest to both the UK and the EU to agree a future partnership that helps to create a new generation of globally mobile, culturally agile people who can succeed in an increasingly global marketplace.

This is supported by the new Political Agreement, published in October 2019, which makes clear that the UK remains committed to exploring ongoing cooperation with the EU on education, science and innovation.

29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the economic impact of sanctions on (a) Russia’s GDP, (b) UK foreign direct investment in Russia and (c) the value of UK trade in goods and services with Russia in FY2022-23.

In coordination with her allies, Britain is introducing the most severe economic sanctions that Russia has ever faced. The expected impacts of trade sanctions imposed to date are available on GOV.UK. We do not speculate on future sanctions.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade negotiators are employed by her Department.

I refer the Rt Hon Member for Tottenham to the answer I gave to the Hon Member for Dundee East on 23 January 2020, UIN: 5362.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many bilateral trade deals the Government will be able to sign on 1 February 2020.

We have an ambitious programme to maximise the opportunities of leaving the EU on the 31 January, including Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), championing the WTO and rules-based system, and securing market access wins. The government has a manifesto commitment to have free trade agreements with countries covering 80% of UK trade within 3 years of leaving the EU. This includes negotiating FTAs with the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan in parallel to negotiations with the EU. We are planning to launch rest of world trade negotiations as soon as possible after we leave the EU.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet the hon. Member for Tottenham to discuss (a) the funding of the Tottenham Hale link bridge and (b) correspondence from that hon, Member dated (i) 27 February and (ii) 25 June 2020.

My door is always open for the Hon Gentleman and my office will hopefully have contacted his to arrange such a meeting before this answer is published.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the email of 9 November 2021, reference ZA54061, from the hon. Member for Tottenham regarding the waiting time for National Insurance number applications.

The email in question was dated 5 November 2021 and a response was sent on 9 November 2021.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the processing time for National Insurance number applications is 16 weeks; and what steps her Department is taking to reduce that processing time.

The National Insurance Number (NINo) interviewing service was suspended from 17th of March 2020 as a result of COVID-19. Since fully re-opening on 28th April 2021, we have been experiencing high demand for the NINo Service.

Additional staff have been recruited and trained in the NINo process to reduce backlogs.

Whilst we are advising applicants it may take up to 16 weeks to process their application, the majority are being dealt with in around 4-6 weeks, however some may take longer if additional checks are required.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much NHS trusts have spent on legal representation, preparation and counsel for coroner's inquests in each year since 2013.

Information on the total spend by National Health Service trusts regarding coroner’s inquests is not collated or held centrally. However, NHS Resolution, which handles clinical negligence claims for NHS bodies in England, has provided the following annual figures for inquest payments it has made on behalf of trusts as part of managing their clinical negligence claims.

Inquest payments

Financial year

Total

2013/14

£907,055

2014/15

£138,879

2015/16

£3,022,924

2016/17

£1,340,977

2017/18

£1,684,258

2018/19

£2,968,153

2019/20

£2,223,580

Grand Total

£12,285,826

Payments were made by NHS Resolution in accordance the rules of the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts to support trusts at inquests and for associated costs to investigate entitlement to compensation. NHS Resolution has no involvement in any arrangements that an individual trust might make outside of the scheme.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prisoners have been taken to hospital as a result of covid-19; and how many are being ventilated.

We do not hold information in the format requested.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients were able to access medicinal cannabis on the NHS in each month in 2019.

The NHS Business Services Authority does not hold information on the number of patients able to access medicinal cannabis on the National Health Service, and therefore this information is not held centrally.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan MP) on 23 January 2020 to Question 3830, which provides data on the number of cannabis-based medicines prescribed on an NHS prescription, dispensed in the community and submitted to the NHS Business Services Authority for reimbursement between January and October 2019 (October 2019 was the most recent dispensing data held at the time of production held the time of answering the question).

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many migrants from EU countries have been employed by the NHS in London in each year from 2015 to date.

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services workforce statistics for England. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but not staff working in primary care, local authorities or other providers.

The following table shows the number of non-United Kingdom European Union nationals employed in the National Health Service in England and London as at September 2019, latest available data and each year since 2015, headcount.

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September 2015

September 2016

September 2017

September 2018

September 2019

England

52,808

59,796

61,974

63,484

65,992

London

17,732

19,567

20,395

20,782

21,464

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many migrants from EU countries have been employed by the NHS in England in each year from 2015 to date.

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services workforce statistics for England. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but not staff working in primary care, local authorities or other providers.

The following table shows the number of non-United Kingdom European Union nationals employed in the National Health Service in England and London as at September 2019, latest available data and each year since 2015, headcount.

-

September 2015

September 2016

September 2017

September 2018

September 2019

England

52,808

59,796

61,974

63,484

65,992

London

17,732

19,567

20,395

20,782

21,464

19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans the Government has to allocate additional emergency funding to mitigate the risk of famine in the Horn of Africa before the end of 2022.

The UK is a major humanitarian donor to the East Africa region. In financial year 2022/2023 (ending 31 March 2023) we will provide at least £156 million to address humanitarian requirements across East Africa.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people from her Department were working in (a) the Middle East and (b) Africa in each year since 2010.

FCDO UK Based Staff Working Overseas Headcount

Locations

Mar-14

Mar-15

Mar-16

Mar-17

Mar-18

Mar-19

Mar-20

Mar-21

Mar-22

Africa

540-559

540-559

500-519

500-519

520-539

540-559

560-579

580-599

560-579

Middle East

140-159

140-159

180-199

200-219

240-259

260-279

220-239

180-199

180-199

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking with its international counterparts to resolve the political and economic situation in Sri Lanka.

The UK Government are encouraging all sides to find a peaceful, democratic, and inclusive approach to resolving the current political and economic challenges in Sri Lanka. We are closely monitoring the fast-moving situation, including the recent appointment of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as President. We call on all parties to respect the rule of law, and refrain from violence and damage.

The UK is providing economic support through multilateral institutions such as the World Bank (WB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF). The UK has the joint fifth largest shares in the IMF, and is a major contributor to the UN and WB. The World Bank have announced assistance of US$400 million which includes funds to provide economic as well as health support.

The UK has a significant voice in international debt fora. We are working closely with fellow Paris Club members and multilateral organisations, including the World Bank, on solutions to Sri Lanka's debt crisis. We are also supporting the UN and its agencies in their coordinated response based on the UN's joint Humanitarian Needs and Priorities (HNP) Plan, launched on 9 June. This called for $47.2 million to provide life-saving assistance to 1.7 million people who are most at risk and need immediate support.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she last made representations to her Indian counterpart on the case of Jagtar Singh Johal.

The British Government has consistently raised its concerns about Mr Johal's case with the Government of India, including his allegations of torture and mistreatment and his right to a fair trial. The Prime Minister raised the case with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi when they met in Delhi on 22 April 2022. The Foreign Secretary raised Mr Johal's detention with India's Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, when they met in Delhi on 31 March 2022. The Foreign Secretary met Mr Johal's family and MP on 9 June 2022. Ministers and officials have raised Mr Johal's case on almost 100 occasions and will continue to do so.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill on the UK’s international reputation; and what discussions she has with Cabinet colleagues on the compatibility of that Bill with the UK's international legal obligations.

It is a longstanding convention for governments of all parties not to comment on the fact or contents of government legal advice. Proceeding with this Bill is consistent with our obligations in international law - and in support of our prior obligations to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. The Government has published a statement setting out its legal position (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/northern-ireland-protocol-bill-uk-government-legal-position).

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she has taken to evaluate the feasibility of re-opening the British embassy in Afghanistan.

The British Embassy in Kabul has suspended operations. The UK Mission to Afghanistan based in Doha is leading our diplomatic, security and humanitarian engagement. We intend to establish a diplomatic presence in Kabul as soon as the security and political situation in the country allows and are coordinating this effort with allies.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on re-opening diplomatic missions in Afghanistan.

The British Embassy in Kabul has suspended operations. The UK Mission to Afghanistan based in Doha is leading our diplomatic, security and humanitarian engagement. We intend to establish a diplomatic presence in Kabul as soon as the security and political situation in the country allows and are coordinating this effort with allies.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have to visit Afghanistan in the next twelve months.

Neither the Foreign Secretary, nor any other Minister, has any plans to travel to Afghanistan. As with other G7 countries, our engagement with the Taliban is conducted by officials, not by Ministers.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many British Embassy staff are currently in Afghanistan.

The UK Government continues to support those who have assisted UK efforts in Afghanistan. We are aware of a small number of former British Embassy staff who remain in Afghanistan. We continue to do all that we can to enable those who are eligible to relocate to the UK.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the fall in the value of Sterling on her Department’s total operating budget.

Where possible we seek to make our commitments in British Pound Sterling (GBP) to de-risk the impact of foreign currency fluctuation exposure for example the majority of our ODA programme budget is committed in GBP. Where we cannot commit in GBP, in particular across our operating budget, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has a Foreign Currency mechanism agreed with HM Treasury to maintain the department's spending power despite changes in the value of Sterling.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of the £2.5 million pledged to Afghanistan following the earthquake of 21 June 2022 has been delivered.

The UK was one of the first donors to offer its support in response to the earthquake that struck Afghanistan on 22 June, disbursing £2.5 million in full to the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Red Cross to provide life-saving shelter, medication, water and sanitation assistance to affected communities.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the (a) short- and (b) medium-term humanitarian needs of the people of Lebanon.

The UK has allocated over £799 million in humanitarian, development and security funding to Lebanon since 2011, providing humanitarian assistance since 2016. This funding benefits both Syrian refugees in Lebanon and vulnerable Lebanese. We make funding decisions based on regular assessment data collected by the humanitarian community. Since the economic decline over the last two years, additional assessment data has been collected on the humanitarian needs of the Lebanese, Palestinian refugees, and migrant communities, to complement the data on Syrian refugees. Short and medium-term needs across all population groups are myriad, covering basic needs including food, healthcare, and protection. Long-term needs can only be met through long-term solutions.

The UK is at the forefront of the international community in ensuring humanitarian support to Lebanon is principally based on humanitarian need, rather than refugee status, under a 'whole of Lebanon' response. We also continue to make clear that Lebanon's leaders must implement a credible reform process as the only sustainable way to address the ongoing crisis in Lebanon.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department were first notified by the then Foreign Secretary of his meeting with Alexander Lebedev in April 2018.

I refer the Hon. Member to the Prime Minister's letter to the Liaison Committee of 21 July; a copy of this letter has been placed in the Library of the House.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking with her Egyptian counterpart to secure (a) consular access to and (b) the release of Alaa Abdel Fattah.

Since his sentencing in December 2021, FCDO officials have consistently called on the Egyptian Government urgently to grant consular access to Alaa Abdel-Fattah. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad, the Minister of State for North Africa, raised the case with Foreign Minister Shoukry during a call on 21 May; Lord (Tariq) Ahmad and the Foreign Secretary also raised the case with Minister Shoukry during the Foreign Minister's recent visit to London. As the Foreign Secretary said in the House on 21 June, we are working to secure his release.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on allegations of crimes committed by SAS troops in Afghanistan.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office ministers and officials have regular discussions with the Ministry of Defence on a range of foreign policy issues, including Afghanistan.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has had discussions with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) other relevant stakeholders on imposing sanctions on Alexander Lebedev.

We do not speculate on future designations, or on cross-government discussions on potential targets. To do this could reduce the impact of designations. We have now sanctioned over 1000 individuals, and over 100 businesses since Putin's invasion of Ukraine including oligarchs worth £117 billion. We will not stop targeting Russia's economy until Ukraine prevails. The UK Government, along with our international allies, is working to ensure that happens.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of Ukrainian civilians forcibly transferred to Russia.

The UK has supported multilateral fact-finding mechanisms to monitor Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including two OSCE Moscow Mechanism reports, which found evidence of clear violations of international law by Russian forces in Ukraine. These reports also noted with concern the issue of large-scale deportations of Ukrainian civilians to Russia. However, we are unable to verify the exact number of Ukrainian civilians forcibly deported to Russia, due to lack of access by international human rights and humanitarian institutions.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she last made representations to her Iranian counterpart on the case of Morad Tahbaz.

On 27 July the Tahbaz family confirmed Morad has been released from Evin prison on furlough and is at their home in Tehran. This welcome development follows intensive diplomatic efforts at all levels, by the UK and our partners. Morad Tahbaz is a UK-US-Iranian tri-national, and we will continue to work closely with the United States to secure his permanent release and departure from Iran. We urge the Government of Iran to end its practice of unfairly detaining British and other foreign nationals, and we will continue to work with likeminded partners to that end.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many overseas visits were undertaken by Ministers from her Department to (a) the Middle East and (b) Africa in each year since 2010.

Details of ministerial commercial travel are published quarterly on gov.uk. Please see the link below for the FCDO return.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fcdo-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings#full-publication-update-history

The latest data was published on 14 July with an accompanying Written Ministerial Statement made in both Houses of Parliament on 15 July:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-07-15/debates/2207152000007/GovernmentTransparencyAndAccountability#

Earlier travel data from 2011-2021 for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and from 2009 for the Department for International Development can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/minister-data and https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-with-external-organisations-in-the-department-for-international-development

The 2010 FCO information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what specific financial contribution her Department has made to the UN appeal to avert a potential environmental catastrophe caused by the deteriorating condition of the FSO Safer.

The UK has contributed a total of £6 million, including an additional £2 million I announced on 18 July 2022, toward the UN plan to mitigate the environmental and humanitarian risk posed by the FSO Safer. In addition, the UK is coordinating with other donors to support the UN fundraising campaign and has provided technical assistance to the UN throughout the development of their response plan.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what her Department's policy is on the right to consular access for UK citizens imprisoned abroad; and if it will assert that right in the case of Alaa Abd El-Fattah.

The UK Government is in contact with the Egyptian authorities and urgently seeking consular access. We continue to support the family of Alaa Abdel Fattah. The UK Government regularly raises human rights concerns with the Egyptian authorities, including with regard to political prisoners in the Egyptian system, both privately and in forums such as the UN Human Rights Council. This includes raising the implementation of the rights guaranteed by Egypt's constitution.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
23rd May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, on how many occasions she has spoken to her Egyptian counterpart this year; and whether she raised the case of Alaa Abd El-Fattah.

The UK Government is in contact with the Egyptian authorities and urgently seeking consular access. We continue to support the family of Alaa Abdel Fattah. The UK Government regularly raises human rights concerns with the Egyptian authorities, including with regard to political prisoners in the Egyptian system, both privately and in forums such as the UN Human Rights Council. This includes raising the implementation of the rights guaranteed by Egypt's constitution.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
23rd May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support British citizen Alaa Abd El-Fattah who is imprisoned and on hunger strike in Egypt.

The UK Government is in contact with the Egyptian authorities and urgently seeking consular access. We continue to support the family of Alaa Abdel Fattah. The UK Government regularly raises human rights concerns with the Egyptian authorities, including with regard to political prisoners in the Egyptian system, both privately and in forums such as the UN Human Rights Council. This includes raising the implementation of the rights guaranteed by Egypt's constitution.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessments she has made of the threats facing minority groups in Rwanda.

Rwanda is a fundamentally safe and secure country with respect for the rule of law. The World Justice Projects Rule of Law index ranks Rwanda top in African and amongst low income countries for order and security.

Rwanda has a strong record on economic and social rights, promotion of gender equality, and protecting the rights of migrants. We discuss regularly any concerns with the Government of Rwanda through our High Commission in Kigali and at Ministerial level we firmly believe that civil society and opposition parties must be able to operate freely, holding the Government to account and contributing to the debate on how Rwanda should be governed.

The Rwandan constitution prohibits all forms of discrimination based on identity. We continue to work with the Government and with minority communities in Rwanda to improve their situation in the country.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the current (a) human rights and (b) security situation in Rwanda.

Rwanda is a fundamentally safe and secure country with respect for the rule of law. The World Justice Projects Rule of Law index ranks Rwanda top in African and amongst low income countries for order and security.

Rwanda has a strong record on economic and social rights, promotion of gender equality, and protecting the rights of migrants. We discuss regularly any concerns with the Government of Rwanda through our High Commission in Kigali and at Ministerial level we firmly believe that civil society and opposition parties must be able to operate freely, holding the Government to account and contributing to the debate on how Rwanda should be governed.

The Rwandan constitution prohibits all forms of discrimination based on identity. We continue to work with the Government and with minority communities in Rwanda to improve their situation in the country.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of official development assistance she plans to allocate to Rwanda in 2022-23 in comparison to (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2021-22.

The FCDO's Annual Report and Accounts will be laid in Parliament before the Summer recess, and will include further detail on FCDO's ODA spending.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on Climate Change 2022: Migration of College Change, published in April 2022.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest report makes clear that the window to keep 1.5 degrees alive is closing alarmingly fast. However, there are early signs of hope. For the first time, the IPCC scientists tell us that while emissions continue to rise, this growth is starting to slow. This shows that our policies and actions are starting to work. We must seize this opportunity, and double down now to accelerate action. The report also highlights the economic opportunities from the transition to a net zero economy, with the falling costs of renewable energy, and comes six months after the UK published its own comprehensive Net Zero Strategy.

The UK is encouraging all countries to revisit and strengthen their 2030 targets, as necessary, to align with the Paris Agreement temperature goal, and to do this by the end of 2022, following the agreement reached in the Glasgow Climate Pact (GCP). As COP Presidency, the UK is leading by example and considering our own response. We will publish any updates to our Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) ahead of COP27. We are also working closely with partners through our COP Presidency to ensure major events including the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), G7 and G20 build on the GCP ahead of COP27.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the impact of the war in Ukraine on food shortages and famine in the Global South.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is exacerbating global food insecurity risks, already heightened by climate change, conflict and Covid-19. 43 million people are living a step away from famine; almost 570,000 people are estimated to be living in famine-like conditions. With 1.7 billion people in over 100 countries facing food, energy and commodity price rises, the global impact of Russia's war and the pursuit of practical solutions is a key priority for the UK.

We are calling for all countries to keep food trade flowing. At the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings in April, the UK and our partners secured the largest ever financial commitment from the World Bank: $170 billion until end June 2023 to support countries faced with economic hardship as a result of the Russian invasion and its impact on the world. With G7 allies, we are discussing Germany's proposal for a G7 Global Alliance on Food Security, to scale up a rapid, needs-based coordinated response, while building on current food security architecture and avoiding a fragmented global response.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recent terrorist attacks in Israel.

We are appalled at the recent terror attacks in Israel and unequivocally condemn rocket attacks against Israel by militants in Gaza. We are also concerned by ongoing tensions across the West Bank and recent violence on Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount.

We urge all parties to work to de-escalate the situation, avoid provocative acts and respect the historic Status Quo, which provides the most appropriate means of managing access to holy sites. All religious sites must be treated with utmost respect. Officials in our Embassy in Tel Aviv and our Consulate General in Jerusalem have been engaging with the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to support them in restoring calm. We expressed our concerns and reiterated our call for calm at a UN Security Council emergency meeting on 19 April.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to help prevent an escalation of violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

We are appalled at the recent terror attacks in Israel and unequivocally condemn rocket attacks against Israel by militants in Gaza. We are also concerned by ongoing tensions across the West Bank and recent violence on Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount.

We urge all parties to work to de-escalate the situation, avoid provocative acts and respect the historic Status Quo, which provides the most appropriate means of managing access to holy sites. All religious sites must be treated with utmost respect. Officials in our Embassy in Tel Aviv and our Consulate General in Jerusalem have been engaging with the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to support them in restoring calm. We expressed our concerns and reiterated our call for calm at a UN Security Council emergency meeting on 19 April.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of tensions in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

We are appalled at the recent terror attacks in Israel and unequivocally condemn rocket attacks against Israel by militants in Gaza. We are also concerned by ongoing tensions across the West Bank and recent violence on Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount.

We urge all parties to work to de-escalate the situation, avoid provocative acts and respect the historic Status Quo, which provides the most appropriate means of managing access to holy sites. All religious sites must be treated with utmost respect. Officials in our Embassy in Tel Aviv and our Consulate General in Jerusalem have been engaging with the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to support them in restoring calm. We expressed our concerns and reiterated our call for calm at a UN Security Council emergency meeting on 19 April.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations the Government has made to international counterparts on the protection of and respect for Holy places in Jerusalem.

The UK is committed to working with all parties across the Holy Land to ensure the safety and security of the holy sites and all who worship there. We discussed this issue with our likeminded partners at a UNSC emergency meeting on 19 April. Officials from the British Embassy Tel Aviv and British Consulate General in Jerusalem have made it clear the need to protect holy sites with local authorities.

Respect for the historic status quo at the Holy Sites in Jerusalem is important at all times, especially during religious festivals. We encourage all parties to maintain calm, avoid provocation and uphold the status quo to ensure the safety and the security of the Al Haram Al Sharif / Temple Mount and all who worship there.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her international counterparts following recent missile strikes in Gaza.

We condemn in the strongest terms the firing of rockets by militants in Gaza into Israel over the past week and the threat such attacks pose. Israel has a legitimate right to self-defence, and the right to defend its citizens from attack. In doing so, it is vital that all actions are proportionate, in line with International Humanitarian Law, and make every effort to avoid civilian casualties.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of tensions in the Korean peninsular.

The UK condemns the DPRK's escalation of ballistic missile testing, all in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. We strongly encourage the DPRK to change course and to abandon its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. As the Foreign Secretary and G7 counterparts made clear in March, we call on the DPRK to accept the repeated offers of unconditional dialogue put forward by all relevant parties. The UN Security Council meeting on 25 March, convened by the UK, US and like-minded countries, was the first open session on DPRK since December 2019. We are clear that until the DPRK returns to dialogue, all countries must fully implement UNSC Resolutions, including the enforcement of sanctions agreed by the UNSC to curtail the DPRK's prohibited programmes. We remain committed to securing peace on the Korean peninsula, working closely with allies and partners in upholding the rules-based international system and securing an end to DPRK's illegal activities.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government is planning to make representations before the UN Security Council on North Korea's recent missile testing.

The UK condemns the DPRK's escalation of ballistic missile testing, all in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. We strongly encourage the DPRK to change course and to abandon its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. As the Foreign Secretary and G7 counterparts made clear in March, we call on the DPRK to accept the repeated offers of unconditional dialogue put forward by all relevant parties. The UN Security Council meeting on 25 March, convened by the UK, US and like-minded countries, was the first open session on DPRK since December 2019. We are clear that until the DPRK returns to dialogue, all countries must fully implement UNSC Resolutions, including the enforcement of sanctions agreed by the UNSC to curtail the DPRK's prohibited programmes. We remain committed to securing peace on the Korean peninsula, working closely with allies and partners in upholding the rules-based international system and securing an end to DPRK's illegal activities.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the recent North Korean missile tests.

The UK condemns the DPRK's escalation of ballistic missile testing, all in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. We strongly encourage the DPRK to change course and to abandon its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. As the Foreign Secretary and G7 counterparts made clear in March, we call on the DPRK to accept the repeated offers of unconditional dialogue put forward by all relevant parties. The UN Security Council meeting on 25 March, convened by the UK, US and like-minded countries, was the first open session on DPRK since December 2019. We are clear that until the DPRK returns to dialogue, all countries must fully implement UNSC Resolutions, including the enforcement of sanctions agreed by the UNSC to curtail the DPRK's prohibited programmes. We remain committed to securing peace on the Korean peninsula, working closely with allies and partners in upholding the rules-based international system and securing an end to DPRK's illegal activities.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she has taken since 24 February 2022 to recruit additional staff for the British embassies in countries bordering Ukraine.

Since 24th February, FCDO staff have been surged to support our response to the crisis in Ukraine in addition to staff already working in this area. We have also drawn in staff from across government. Within our surge response, staff with Russian and Ukrainian language skills are being deployed. The staffing footprint in our embassies bordering Ukraine is kept under regular review with staff numbers adjusted according to need.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she has taken since 24 February 2022 to recruit additional (a) Ukrainian and (b) Russian-speaking staff to respond to the crisis in Ukraine.

Since 24th February, FCDO staff have been surged to support our response to the crisis in Ukraine in addition to staff already working in this area. We have also drawn in staff from across government. Within our surge response, staff with Russian and Ukrainian language skills are being deployed. The staffing footprint in our embassies bordering Ukraine is kept under regular review with staff numbers adjusted according to need.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she has taken since 24 February 2022 to recruit additional staff to respond to the crisis in Ukraine.

Since 24th February, FCDO staff have been surged to support our response to the crisis in Ukraine in addition to staff already working in this area. We have also drawn in staff from across government. Within our surge response, staff with Russian and Ukrainian language skills are being deployed. The staffing footprint in our embassies bordering Ukraine is kept under regular review with staff numbers adjusted according to need.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many emails her Department has received through the dedicated consular address for Members of Parliament since 24 February 2022.

The FCDO has one correspondence mail box - Fcdo.correspondence@fcdo.gov.uk - and the correspondence team allocate consular correspondence from this address to consular officials. Since 24 February to 30 March the FCDO has received 1003 consular related emails from Members of Parliament.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department regarding providing refuge to British Council staff in Afghanistan.

During Op Pitting, the Government evacuated all British Council employees from Afghanistan. The Government also agreed to resettle more than 50 of the most vulnerable British Council contractors. Under the third referral pathway of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the Government will offer ACRS places to eligible at risk British Council contractors.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many times her Department has been contacted by British Council staff members requesting her Department’s assistance to leave Afghanistan, since 15 August 2021.

During Op Pitting, the Government evacuated all British Council employees from Afghanistan. The Government also agreed to resettle more than 50 of the most vulnerable British Council contractors. Under the third referral pathway of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the Government will offer ACRS places to eligible at risk British Council contractors.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department to secure refuge for (a) former or (b) present Ukrainian staff members of the British embassy in Kyiv.

We are supporting our Ukrainian staff who have represented the UK in extremely challenging circumstances. All Ukrainian staff currently employed directly by the British Government in Kyiv, and their family members, are eligible to come to the UK and will be supported on arrival. Our former staff in Ukraine are eligible to come to the UK if they qualify under one of the Home Office schemes.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many times her Department has been contacted by (a) former or (b) present Ukrainian staff members of the British Embassy in Kyiv, to seek her support leaving Ukraine.

We are supporting our Ukrainian staff who have represented the UK in extremely challenging circumstances. All Ukrainian staff currently employed directly by the British Government in Kyiv, and their family members, are eligible to come to the UK and will be supported on arrival. Our former staff in Ukraine are eligible to come to the UK if they qualify under one of the Home Office schemes.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department regarding providing refuge to Chevening scholars in Afghanistan.

The FCDO contacted all 2021 Afghan Chevening scholars in August to offer them evacuation to the UK under Operation Pitting. Officials across Government worked around the clock to enable the vast majority of scholars and their families to travel to the UK on military evacuation flights. Under the third referral pathway of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the Government will offer ACRS places to eligible at risk Chevening alumni.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many times her Department has been contacted by Chevening scholars requesting her Department’s assistance to leave Afghanistan, since 15 August 2021.

The FCDO contacted all 2021 Afghan Chevening scholars in August to offer them evacuation to the UK under Operation Pitting. Officials across Government worked around the clock to enable the vast majority of scholars and their families to travel to the UK on military evacuation flights. Under the third referral pathway of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the Government will offer ACRS places to eligible at risk Chevening alumni.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the stability of the economy in Lebanon.

Lebanon is facing a severe economic crisis. Its people are suffering from the failure of Lebanon's political elites to deliver much-needed and long-promised reforms, exacerbated by the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion in August 2020. The humanitarian situation is worsening. To help set Lebanon on the right path, the authorities must ensure the parliamentary elections scheduled for 15 May take place on time and are free and fair. Since 2011, the UK has allocated over £787 million in humanitarian and development funding to Lebanon to support Syrian refugees and other vulnerable people. The UK and members of the International Support Group for Lebanon stand with the people of Lebanon in their time of need, but we are clear that Lebanon's leaders must implement a credible reform process as the only sustainable way to address the crisis.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) political and (b) humanitarian situation in Lebanon.

Lebanon is facing a severe economic crisis. Its people are suffering from the failure of Lebanon's political elites to deliver much-needed and long-promised reforms, exacerbated by the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion in August 2020. The humanitarian situation is worsening. To help set Lebanon on the right path, the authorities must ensure the parliamentary elections scheduled for 15 May take place on time and are free and fair. Since 2011, the UK has allocated over £787 million in humanitarian and development funding to Lebanon to support Syrian refugees and other vulnerable people. The UK and members of the International Support Group for Lebanon stand with the people of Lebanon in their time of need, but we are clear that Lebanon's leaders must implement a credible reform process as the only sustainable way to address the crisis.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of climate change on population movements in (a) North Africa and (b) the Middle East.

The UK recognises how urgent and important it is to ensure countries most vulnerable to climate change, including those in the MENA region, are able to respond to the risks they face. The UK is fully committed to working with countries to deliver the commitments made in the Glasgow Climate Pact at COP26, including through the Glasgow-Sharm el Sheikh work programme, to deliver on the Global Goal on Adaptation; developed countries' commitment to double their collective provision of climate finance for adaptation to developing countries by 2025; and the Glasgow Dialogue on Loss and Damage. The UK is strengthening climate resilience and adaptive capacity in MENA by investing in green finance, regional water management and weather and information services which will reduce exposure to climate risks.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) political and (b) humanitarian situation in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is a major political, energy, diplomatic and economic power in the Middle East. The UK has vital national security and prosperity interests in maintaining and developing our longstanding relationship with Saudi Arabia.

We have seen positive social change on women's rights, sports, entertainment and cultural spaces under Vision 2030, the Kingdom's socio-economic reform programme. However, Saudi Arabia remains a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Human Rights Priority Country, particularly because of the use of the death penalty, freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support pro-democracy groups in Sudan.

Since the military coup in October 2021, Ministers, British Embassy staff in Khartoum and senior FCDO officials have encouraged all Sudanese political actors to engage in dialogue and sought to demonstrate our support for Sudan's transition to democracy. We have also consistently called for an end to arbitrary detentions, the immediate lifting of the State of Emergency and for Sudanese people to be able to protest without fear of violence. The UK also provides support to the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), as the UN mission mandated to support Sudan's transition to democracy. In addition to this, we provide targeted support to non-state actors and civil society groups working towards inclusive political processes.

Working with partners, including the US, Norway, EU, Saudi Arabia and UAE, we will continue to use our diplomatic engagement in Khartoum, the region and elsewhere to support the next phase of talks that the UN and African Union will facilitate. This includes maintaining pressure on the military to engage and deliver the people's demands for freedom, peace and justice; a message delivered on 3 March in meetings with Sudan's military leadership in Khartoum by senior FCDO officials.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the resurgence of the Islamic State group in (a) Syria and (b) Iraq.

Ensuring the defeat of Daesh and countering the terrorist threat posed in Syria, Iraq and beyond is a core priority for the UK Government. While Daesh no longer holds territory and their assets have been substantially degraded, we cannot be complacent. The recent attack on Ghwaryan prison in North East Syria, along with attacks in Iraqi provinces, underline the continuing threat Daesh poses both to the UK and regional stability, and thus the ongoing importance of the Global Coalition Against Daesh mission. The UK remains fully committed to working with our partners to ensure Daesh's global defeat.

We condemn atrocities committed by Daesh against civilians and welcome efforts to bring Daesh to justice. We have contributed £2 million to the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Daesh/ISIL (UNITAD), to gather evidence of Daesh crimes in Iraq. Since 2012, we have also provided over £14 million in support of Syrian and international efforts to gather evidence and assist victims of human rights abuses and violations, including championing the work of the IIIM (International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism).

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

The UK is a leading humanitarian donor in Yemen, contributing over £1 billion in aid since the conflict began. The UK is spending £87 million in aid in Yemen this financial year, which feeds around 240,000 of the most vulnerable Yemenis every month, supports 400 healthcare clinics and provides clean water for 1.6 million people. A negotiated political settlement is the only way to bring long-term stability to Yemen and end the humanitarian suffering. The UK supports fully the efforts of the UN Special Envoy and urges the parties to engage constructively with UN-led efforts towards peace.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) the US and (b) Iran on negotiations to restore Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action compliance.

The Foreign Secretary met US Secretary of State Blinken on 9 March and discussed negotiations on restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). They agreed on the urgency of concluding the deal in Vienna. The deal would provide a fair and comprehensive offer of US sanctions-lifting for the benefit of the Iranian people. In exchange, Iran would reverse its nuclear escalation, return its nuclear programme to strict JCPoA limits and restore extensive monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Foreign Secretary also underlined the urgency for concluding this deal in a recent call with Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian, making clear that there would not be a better deal on offer.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) Ukraine and (b) Russia on ensuring that the International Committee of the Red Cross can provide humanitarian support in Ukraine.

In any armed conflict, it is vital that humanitarian agencies have safe and unimpeded access to affected populations. The Prime Minister discussed the importance of humanitarian access with President Zelenskyy on 9 March. I [Minister Cleverly] also stressed the importance of facilitating humanitarian access when I spoke with my Russian counterpart on 25 February.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of violations of international humanitarian law in Ukraine.

Russia is failing to honour their obligations under international humanitarian law by reportedly targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure. We continue to call on Russia to uphold its obligation to fully respect international humanitarian law and human rights law. We will not spare any effort to ensure that violations of international law in Ukraine are investigated, that evidence is gathered and that the perpetrators are held accountable.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure humanitarian aid can reach Ukraine.

The UK has now committed £395 million in aid to the current crisis. This includes £220 million of humanitarian assistance which will be used to save lives, protect vulnerable people inside Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. We have also contributed £3.5 million to provide medical supplies to Ukraine. We have called on Russia to enable humanitarian access and safe passage for civilians to flee the violence. We are calling on the international community, allies, donors and multilateral humanitarian organisations, to speak as one and demand full humanitarian access at all times.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support the passage of refugees fleeing Ukraine.

The UK has now pledged £220 million of humanitarian assistance to support a well-coordinated and well-funded response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the region. UK assistance has enabled a 14-person UK field team of humanitarian experts to deploy to Poland, Moldova and Romania to provide logistics advice and analyse the evolving refugee situation. The FCDO has also deployed a UK Medical Health Assessment Team to Romania and Moldova to assess options for rapidly deploying UK Emergency Medical Team capabilities in response to the crisis in Ukraine. We have provided over 760,000 UK medical items to Ukraine and 9,000 to Moldova. The UK committed £25 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Appeal, which (including the UK's contribution) has now raised over £174 million.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the real terms change in the budget of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office over the next three years.

As published at the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 (SR21), the average annual real terms growth for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is 4.4% from 2021-2022 to 2024-25.

It is standard practice for the Government to set budgets in cash terms. The FCDO, like other departments, is expected to manage risks of inflation within its budget.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent on cyber security for his Department in each of the last five years.

A core component of our National Cyber Strategy is to strengthen the cyber security of government and public services. The Government Cyber Security Strategy, launched in January 2022, will make sure that core government functions are resilient to cyber attacks. This work will be supported by an enhanced assurance regime to raise standards and a new Government Cyber Coordination Centre. The delivery of both the National and Government strategies is supported by £2.6 billion of investment over three years. For reasons of national security we do not comment on how much is spent by each department on cyber security.

29th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of economic assistance to the Government of Ukraine in FY2022-23 will be in the form of (a) grants and (b) loans.

Our economic and humanitarian support announced for Ukraine totals over £750 million. This includes a £220 million package of aid, making the UK a leading bilateral humanitarian donor; a £100 million grant to support Ukraine’s energy and security reforms, primarily delivered through World Bank programmes; and a $100 million budgetary support grant, which contributed to a package agreed on 8 March of over $700 million for direct fiscal support to Ukraine via the World Bank, to help mitigate direct economic impacts. This total also includes UK guarantees on up to $500 million of lending by multilateral development banks operating in the region, and particularly the World Bank, which will enable them to significantly scale up their financial support offer to Ukraine.

Some of this humanitarian and economic support has already been disbursed to meet urgent needs (in FY21/22), with further support, including UK guarantees expected to be mobilised in FY22/23.

The UK continues to engage with international counterparts, including G7 partners and International Financial Institutions on support to Ukraine.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the disbursement of Official Development Assistance in FY2022-23 by each Government department.

The 2021 Spending Review provides departments with an Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget of £11.4 billion in 2022-23.

HMT will publish individual departmental ODA allocations in due course.

28th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of assets that have fled the UK's jurisdiction while being investigated by the Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation for potential breaches of sanctions.

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation is committed to ensuring businesses and individuals comply with financial sanctions to taking firm action when they don’t, including levying monetary penalties where appropriate. It is important to note that assets are only required to be frozen after a sanctions designation has been made. After the designation, it is an offence to deal with any funds that have been frozen.

28th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of assets frozen to date under the The Iran (Sanctions) (Human Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

The Office of Financial Sanctions (OFSI) undertakes an annual frozen assets review, requiring all persons or institutions that hold or control frozen assets in the UK to report to OFSI, from which this figure is taken. The figures are then published in OFSI’s annual review each autumn. The total frozen assets reported in the 2021 annual review were £12.2 billion. The figures for 2021 are being finalised.

As at September 2020, the value of assets reported to OFSI as frozen in the UK under The Iran (Sanctions) (Human Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 was £17.60.

28th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of staff allocated to the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation speak (a) Russian and (b) Ukrainian.

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), part of HM Treasury, is the competent authority for financial sanctions in the UK. The number of active staff in OFSI since Financial Year 2016-2017 can be found in the table below:

Financial Year

Total number of staff

2016-2017

27

2017-2018

30

2018-2019

36

2019-2020

38

2020-2021

40

Where the number of individuals covered is less than five, HMG considers that to provide an exact figure would constitute the disclosure of personal data. HMT is therefore unable to provide a breakdown of full time vs. part time staff.

In light of recent developments in Ukraine, the number of staff has since increased. Releasing further details of OFSI’s budget and headcount by function could prejudice its operational effectiveness.

HM Treasury does not hold data regarding the number of staff in the OFSI who speak (a) Russian and (b) Ukrainian.

28th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) full and (b) part time members of staff have been employed by the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation in each of the last five years.

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), part of HM Treasury, is the competent authority for financial sanctions in the UK. The number of active staff in OFSI since Financial Year 2016-2017 can be found in the table below:

Financial Year

Total number of staff

2016-2017

27

2017-2018

30

2018-2019

36

2019-2020

38

2020-2021

40

Where the number of individuals covered is less than five, HMG considers that to provide an exact figure would constitute the disclosure of personal data. HMT is therefore unable to provide a breakdown of full time vs. part time staff.

In light of recent developments in Ukraine, the number of staff has since increased. Releasing further details of OFSI’s budget and headcount by function could prejudice its operational effectiveness.

HM Treasury does not hold data regarding the number of staff in the OFSI who speak (a) Russian and (b) Ukrainian.

4th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) barristers and (b) solicitors have made applications to the Self-employment Income Support Scheme during the covid-19 outbreak; and how many of those applications have been accepted.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims service opened on 13 May 2020, ahead of schedule. At this time no such information is available.

4th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been received by (a) barristers and (b) solicitors through the self-employment Income Support Scheme due to the covid-19 outbreak to date.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims service opened on 13 May 2020, ahead of schedule. At this time there have been no payments made.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

On 1 August 2019 the government made £2.1bn available for the 2019-20 financial year, to support preparations to leave the EU without a deal. Some of this funding supported measures necessary to prepare for the UK’s future outside the EU, whether via a deal or “no deal”.

This provision was additional to the £4.2bn of “core” funding already provided by the government between 2016-17 and 2019-20, for departments and devolved administrations to prepare for Brexit in any scenario.

10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence of 14 February 2022 from the Rt. hon. Member for Tottenham, reference DL55426.

A substantive response to the correspondence will be sent shortly.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the letter of 24 March 2022 from the Rt. hon. Member for Tottenham, reference ZA56017.

A response was issued on 21st April.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Afghan Resettlement plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Tottenham dated 18 October 2021 regarding the processing of Afghan asylum cases, reference ZA52298.

The Minister for Safe and Legal Migration responded on 15 November 2021

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish her Department's submission to the The Independent Review of Administrative Law.

As the Lord Chancellor said when he gave evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on 8 December (https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/1369/default/), the Government will publish the report of the Independent Review of Administrative Law. We will consider publication of submissions made to the Review consistent with the usual disclosure provisions.

4th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Questions 12829 and 12830 tabled on 5 February 2020 by the Rt. Hon. Member for Tottenham.

The responses for UIN 12829 and 12830 were asnwered on 10th June 2020.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the serious violence taskforce last met.

The Serious Violence Taskforce was established in 2018 to oversee the implementation of the Serious Violence Strategy. It last met on 26 June 2019.

The Government remains incredibly grateful for the work of the Taskforce which brought together Ministers, senior leaders and key partners. The Taskforce influenced additional action and investment in this area, for example through the creation of the new £200m Youth Endowment Fund, the consultation on the new duty on agencies to reduce serious violence and the launch of the Independent Review of Drugs Misuse.

The Government’s Manifesto set out an ambitious package of reforms to deliver on the people’s priorities and tackle violent crime and safeguard people’s streets and neighbourhoods. The Prime Minister and Home Secretary are driving this with a new cross-Whitehall Crime and Justice Taskforce to ensure we use every lever at our disposal to fight crime.

We will consider the future role for the Serious Violence Taskforce in delivering these priorities, within this context.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people received (a) police cautions and (b) criminal records for offences relating to cannabis in each of the last 10 years.

The Ministry of Justice publishes official statistics on the number of police cautions and court convictions issued for possession of cannabis offences. Data for the period 2008 and 2018 can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2018

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department will take to facilitate child refugees being reunited with parents living in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

The Government remains resolutely committed to the principle of family reunion.

When the UK leaves the EU, we will cease to participate in EU instruments at the end of the transition period, including the Dublin Regulation. This means that the ability of unaccompanied children under Dublin to reunite with family will end, unless a replacement agreement is negotiated. The Government has been clear that it is committed to seeking such an agreement with the EU, thereby ensuring these children can continue to reunite with family once we are out of Dublin. The Home Secretary wrote to the European Commission on 22 October to begin negotiations.

The UK will continue to be bound by the Dublin Regulation provisions during the transition period, allowing us to continue to transfer family reunion cases to the UK throughout 2020, and we will continue to process all family reunion requests that have been submitted but not completed under Dublin before the end of the transition period.

12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the letter from the hon. Member for Tottenham dated 14 October 2020, whether he plans to provide a date and time for a meeting on the Tottenham Hale Village.

The Department has now received the letter from the Hon. member for Tottenham and a response will be sent shortly.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many social houses are projected to be built in England over the next five years.

The Government is committed to increasing the supply of social housing and has made £9 billion available through the Affordable Homes Programme to March 2022 to deliver approximately 250,000 new affordable homes in a wide range of tenures, including at least 12,500 for Social Rent.

We will renew the Affordable Homes Programme, building hundreds of thousands of new homes for a range of people in different places.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many affordable starter homes were built in (a) Tottenham, (b) Islington, (c) Barnet, (d) Haringey, (e) Enfield, (f) London and (g) England in each of the last four years.

Starter Homes were a policy of the previous administration which they decided not to take forward.

Data on the delivery of different types affordable housing by area is published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to increase the provision of social housing in England.

The Government is committed to increasing the supply of genuinely affordable homes. We have made £9 billion available through the Affordable Homes Programme, delivering approximately 250,000 new affordable homes to March 2022. Councils can bid into this programme to secure funding for new council homes. We also abolished the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap and have given councils a longer-term rent deal for 5 years from 2020. The total number of households on local authority waiting lists is down by 37 per cent compared to 2012. 464,000 affordable homes have been delivered in England since April 2010, including 141,000 new social rent homes.

We will also fulfil our manifesto commitment to renew the Affordable Homes Programme, building hundreds of thousands of new homes for a range of people across the country and providing further stability for councils to build new social homes.

23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 87 of the Justice Select Committee's report on Prison Population 2022, published in March 2019, whether his Department has made an assessment of the savings that could be achieved by moving from prison to community support; and if he will place a copy of that assessment in the Library.

The Ministry of Justice has not made a detailed assessment of possible savings of moving from prison to community support illustrated by the case study on page 87 of the Justice Select Committee’s report. However, the Female Offender Strategy, published in June 2018, noted that Government had estimated that female offenders cost the public purse approximately £1.7bn in 2015/16, including estimated police costs of c.£1bn. This excluded wider social costs, such as the cost of intergenerational offending. The Government recognises that community sentences offer the opportunity to support women to effectively address the underlying causes of offending behaviour and to secure and maintain stable accommodation. We have several initiatives underway that are looking to encourage use of robust community sentences as an alternative to custody for women, including Problem Solving Courts, Community Sentence Treatment Requirements, Electronic Monitoring and a Pre-Sentence Report pilot, as well as our plans to open a first Residential Women’s Centre in Wales.

16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 9 November 2021, Official Report , column 160, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of Cart-type judicial review cases on the Crown Court backlog.

In the oral contribution by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice to which he refers, the PUS refers to the ‘precious resource’ of High Court Judges. As it states on judiciary.uk: ‘High Court judges can hear the most serious and sensitive cases in the Crown Court (for example murder)’. Our impact assessment sets out the Cart judicial review measure will save 172-180 judge days per year in the High Court and Upper Tribunal. A High Court Judge, who would otherwise be devoting time to considering Cart judicial review, may therefore instead devote that time to considering other serious cases in the Crown Court.

We continue to take action to tackle the impact the pandemic has had on our criminal justice system, including Crown Court backlog.

The Judicial Review and Courts Bill provides the Crown Court with increased flexibility to return certain cases to the magistrates’ court, helping support court recovery by saving an estimated 400 Crown Court sitting days per year.

We have allocated over a quarter of a billion pounds on recovery in the last financial year, making court buildings safe, rolling out new technology for remote hearings, recruiting additional staff and opening Nightingale courtrooms, including retaining 32 Nightingale Court rooms until the end of March 2022.

The Ministry of Justice’s Spending Review settlement provides £477 million to improve waiting times for victims and to reduce Crown Court backlogs caused by the pandemic.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to establish the error rate on non-covid-19 related single justice procedure cases.

In any system, errors can occur and there are processes in place to correct them, including the right to appeal against a decision that is believed to be wrong, but we do not maintain a separate system to monitor such corrections in the case of the Single Justice Procedure.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to contact defendants using the Single Justice Procedure whose prosecutions were subject to errors and to rectify errant outcomes.

As with all other types of cases dealt with by magistrates courts, if an error is made by the court, whether upon conviction or sentencing, whilst using the Single Justice Procedure we would always notify the defendant and correct any error following the case being re-opened.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the disability profile of Single Justice Procedure defendants.

The Single Justice Procedure written notice and on-line process has been designed with input from users and a wide range of organisations at public user events. We are not aware of any specific impacts on particular groups. Defendants who choose to opt into the Single Justice Procedure will be carefully guided through the process and will have access to both telephone and face to face support. For those who decide to proceed with a hearing, the necessary adjustments will be made at court in the usual way.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the contract with CGI signed by his Department in November 2020, if he will publish details of the 50 business-critical applications and their length of use.

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last five years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last ten years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

2015/16

£60,101,771

2014/15

£57,645,651

2013/14

£51,535,504

2012/13

£52,007,695

2011/12

£52,072,665

MOJ does not hold information regarding what proportion of the data held by MOJ is on databases provided or managed by CGI IT UK Limited.

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the expected timetable is for retiring or replacing the 54 applications in scope of the contract at award is as follows:

  • 5 applications have been retired or replaced since award; and
  • 43 further applications will be retired or replaced as follows
  • 7 by the end of financial year 2021/22
  • 16 by the end of financial year 2024/25
  • 20 following the 2021 spend review period.
  • It is expected that the remaining 6 applications will be retained for longer term use

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the Ministry of Justice does not intend to publish details of the 54 applications in scope of the contract and their length of use on security advice.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the contract with CGI signed by his Department in November 2020, what his timetable is for retiring or replacing the heritage applications outlined in the tender documents.

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last five years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last ten years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

2015/16

£60,101,771

2014/15

£57,645,651

2013/14

£51,535,504

2012/13

£52,007,695

2011/12

£52,072,665

MOJ does not hold information regarding what proportion of the data held by MOJ is on databases provided or managed by CGI IT UK Limited.

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the expected timetable is for retiring or replacing the 54 applications in scope of the contract at award is as follows:

  • 5 applications have been retired or replaced since award; and
  • 43 further applications will be retired or replaced as follows
  • 7 by the end of financial year 2021/22
  • 16 by the end of financial year 2024/25
  • 20 following the 2021 spend review period.
  • It is expected that the remaining 6 applications will be retained for longer term use

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the Ministry of Justice does not intend to publish details of the 54 applications in scope of the contract and their length of use on security advice.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the data held by his Department is on databases provided or managed by CGI.

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last five years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last ten years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

2015/16

£60,101,771

2014/15

£57,645,651

2013/14

£51,535,504

2012/13

£52,007,695

2011/12

£52,072,665

MOJ does not hold information regarding what proportion of the data held by MOJ is on databases provided or managed by CGI IT UK Limited.

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the expected timetable is for retiring or replacing the 54 applications in scope of the contract at award is as follows:

  • 5 applications have been retired or replaced since award; and
  • 43 further applications will be retired or replaced as follows
  • 7 by the end of financial year 2021/22
  • 16 by the end of financial year 2024/25
  • 20 following the 2021 spend review period.
  • It is expected that the remaining 6 applications will be retained for longer term use

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the Ministry of Justice does not intend to publish details of the 54 applications in scope of the contract and their length of use on security advice.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's total spending was on services in addition to those provided under contract rendered by CGI in each of the last 10 years.

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last five years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last ten years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

2015/16

£60,101,771

2014/15

£57,645,651

2013/14

£51,535,504

2012/13

£52,007,695

2011/12

£52,072,665

MOJ does not hold information regarding what proportion of the data held by MOJ is on databases provided or managed by CGI IT UK Limited.

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the expected timetable is for retiring or replacing the 54 applications in scope of the contract at award is as follows:

  • 5 applications have been retired or replaced since award; and
  • 43 further applications will be retired or replaced as follows
  • 7 by the end of financial year 2021/22
  • 16 by the end of financial year 2024/25
  • 20 following the 2021 spend review period.
  • It is expected that the remaining 6 applications will be retained for longer term use

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the Ministry of Justice does not intend to publish details of the 54 applications in scope of the contract and their length of use on security advice.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's total spending was on services provided under contract by CGI in each of the last five years.

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last five years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

The total spending of the Ministry of Justice on services provided under contracts with CGI IT UK Limited in each of the last ten years is as follows:

Financial Year

Spend with CGI

2020/21

£53,941,639

2019/20

£42,991,345

2018/19

£41,368,770

2017/18

£52,336,553

2016/17

£56,921,238

2015/16

£60,101,771

2014/15

£57,645,651

2013/14

£51,535,504

2012/13

£52,007,695

2011/12

£52,072,665

MOJ does not hold information regarding what proportion of the data held by MOJ is on databases provided or managed by CGI IT UK Limited.

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the expected timetable is for retiring or replacing the 54 applications in scope of the contract at award is as follows:

  • 5 applications have been retired or replaced since award; and
  • 43 further applications will be retired or replaced as follows
  • 7 by the end of financial year 2021/22
  • 16 by the end of financial year 2024/25
  • 20 following the 2021 spend review period.
  • It is expected that the remaining 6 applications will be retained for longer term use

With reference to the Application Maintenance and Support Contract with CGI IT UK Limited awarded by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020, the Ministry of Justice does not intend to publish details of the 54 applications in scope of the contract and their length of use on security advice.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Female Offenders Strategy, published on 27 June 2018, what his Department's timeline is for meeting the objective of reducing the women's prison population.

The publication of the Female Offender Strategy in June 2018 was the start of a new and significant programme of work to deliver better outcomes for female offenders. There was no deadline attached to delivering the Strategy when it was published and we have always been clear that it will take several years to deliver its objectives, including reducing the women’s prison population.

In June 2018, the female prison population was 3,803. This had reduced by 16% to 3,196 by June 2021, although it is likely that the impact of the pandemic will be responsible for some of this reduction. As of October 2021, there were 3,227 women in prison.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which women's prisons are operating (a) under capacity, (b) at capacity and (b) over capacity.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) publishes monthly individual prison population and capacity information through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prison-population-statistics.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential economic benefits of expanding the provision of free specialist legal advice.

As part of our commitment to coordinate and signpost people to the right legal support, we have made improvements to telephone signposting from MoJ telephone support lines, for individuals who do not fall within the scope of legal aid. In collaboration with DLHUC, we have also developed an online (guided pathway) signposting pilot to help individuals resolve housing disrepair issues in private rented accommodation. The online pilot launched on GOV.UK in April and offers tailored guidance and information about an individual’s rights and responsibilities, with the aim that individuals will be able to resolve their issues independently before they escalate.

The Government has also committed to piloting early legal advice in social welfare law and this pilot will start in early 2022.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of BAME children held on remand were subsequently found guilty of an offence in each of the last 10 years.

The Bail Act 1976 and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 provides the framework for courts to remand children to custody.

Court outcomes broken down by type of remand and ethnicity are available from 2011 in the Crown Court and 2013 for the Magistrates’ Court and can be found at the following links under remand:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2016

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2015

Information on ethnicity for the Magistrates’ Courts for 2011 and 2012, however, could only be obtained at disproportionate costs.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications have been made for employment legal aid in each year over the last 20 years.

The Legal Aid Agency publishes volumes of applications and grants for civil representation in the inquest and employment law categories at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/legal-aid-statistics. The published figures (in that link) cover from the 2013/14 and 2006/07 financial years respectively.

Historic volumes are shown below. Please note that the earliest data available in the inquest category dates from the 2002/03 financial year. Data prior to the 2013/14 financial year for this category is sourced from raw data from a legacy operational database which, like any operational database, may contain errors. The figures have not been subject to validation or quality assured to the standard of Official Statistics, and should therefore not be interpreted as such.

Inquests

Financial Year

Applications

Granted

% Successful

2002-03

2

2

100%

2003-04

-

-

-

2004-05

25

23

92%

2005-06

75

67

89%

2006-07

127

105

83%

2007-08

160

92

58%

2008-09

159

88

55%

2009-10

176

97

55%

2010-11

136

75

55%

2011-12

143

87

61%

2012-13

151

77

51%

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of requests for legal aid funding before an inquest were successful in each of the last 20 years.

The Legal Aid Agency publishes volumes of applications and grants for civil representation in the inquest and employment law categories at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/legal-aid-statistics. The published figures (in that link) cover from the 2013/14 and 2006/07 financial years respectively.

Historic volumes are shown below. Please note that the earliest data available in the inquest category dates from the 2002/03 financial year. Data prior to the 2013/14 financial year for this category is sourced from raw data from a legacy operational database which, like any operational database, may contain errors. The figures have not been subject to validation or quality assured to the standard of Official Statistics, and should therefore not be interpreted as such.

Inquests

Financial Year

Applications

Granted

% Successful

2002-03

2

2

100%

2003-04

-

-

-

2004-05

25

23

92%

2005-06

75

67

89%

2006-07

127

105

83%

2007-08

160

92

58%

2008-09

159

88

55%

2009-10

176

97

55%

2010-11

136

75

55%

2011-12

143

87

61%

2012-13

151

77

51%

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Lord Wolfson's oral evidence of 27 April 2021 to the Justice Committee, Q148, what plans the Government has to scrutinise non-CPS prosecutors given Lord Wolfson's observation that HMCTS had identified errors in 10 per cent of Covid Single Justice Procedure cases.

A review of Single Justice Procedure (SJP) cases dealt with between 1st September and 30th October 2020 showed that legal advisers and justices identified errors in 10% of cases. The errors are not caused by the type of proceedings; work done over the summer of 2020 suggested that the primary cause was the volume of regulations and the constant amendments, combined with the speed of introduction and the conditions in which officers issuing fixed penalty notices had to work. In the autumn of 2020, work was done with police forces and justices’ legal advisers to reduce the errors. Anecdotally, and from limited data, the error rate with the new round of SJP proceedings appears to be lower than last year. As the regulations ceased in the summer, the numbers of Covid SJP cases are set to decline.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the impact of video-conferencing linking defendants to the court on (a) remand decisions, (b) sentencing decisions and (c) the take-up of legal representation.

It is for judges to decide whether it is in the interest of justice to enable a live link to be used having considered representations from parties in the case. We will continue to conduct research and testing to ensure that the current technology is reliable, user-friendly and accessible and meets the requirements of justice.

The MoJ is conducting an evaluation of the HMCTS reform programme to ensure that the effects of reform can be identified and assessed. This evaluation will help identify if the reform programme has met its aims and what effects it had, for whom and why, including the impacts on vulnerable users. Our evaluation framework for HMCTS Reform was published in May 2021. An interim evaluation report is planned for publication in 2022, and a final evaluation report will be published following the end of the reform programme.

We are keen to evaluate impacts as part of any future research however plans for this are still to be confirmed.

22nd Oct 2021
o ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many junior barristers have specialised in crime in each financial year since 2010-11.

Ministry of Justice (MOJ) does not routinely hold data on barristers’ specialisms. However as part of the Criminal Legal Aid Review, MOJ worked with the Bar Council and other stakeholders to combine key datasets which were summarised in a published Data compendium. This shows that the number of barristers in England and Wales who reported themselves as specialising in crime, and who carried out some publicly-funded criminal work, was 2,780 in 2018-19 and 2,690 in 2019-20 (Table 5.3). Comparable data is not available prior to 2018-19.

Table 5.13 shows that, in 2019-20, 87% of this group were junior barristers and 13% were QCs.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Crown Courts in England and Wales have operated below (a) 50 per cent or (b) 25 per cent of their operational capacity within the last 12 months.

In the ten months September 2020 to June 2021 (in line with published statistics) one court recorded an average utilisation rate of below 50%, recording 48%, and no courts were below 25%. This court is the Central Criminal Court and utilisation was affected by a number of factors including maintenance works in two courtrooms and the reconfiguration of eight smaller courtrooms into jury deliberation rooms in support of social distancing. Only court sittings are recorded in utilisation calculations. This is management information and reflects the data held at the date of extraction, which is subject to change.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's press release, £100 million crackdown on crime in prison, published on 13 August 2019, how much of the £100 million for improving prison security has been spent on the installation of 74 x-ray scanners as announced by his Department on 14 October 2021.

£6m has been spent on the installation of 74 x-ray body scanners. This sum is comprised of hardware, installation and commissioning costs combined with construction works required in prisons to accommodate the hardware. Some additional associated spend linked to MOJ project and programme resourcing has been incurred but has not been included as is not directly attributed to specific projects.

The remaining investment is for the implementation of measures across a number of priority sites to operate ‘airport style’ gate security, drugs trace detection, mobile phone blocking, an expanded counter corruption investigation team and a new ‘corruption prevention’ function and multi-agency investigations into high harm Serious and Organised Criminals.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of women prisoners in England and Wales are in prison as a result of non-violent offences.

The most recent data indicates that 36% of the female prison population are held for offences of violence against the person. However, of the remaining 64%, there may be other offenders held for offences where violence has occurred but because there is no set guidance on which other types of offences should be classed as ‘violent’/’non-violent’, it is difficult to provide an exact total proportion.

Offender management statistics quarterly: January to March 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the turnover of prison staff in (a) Band 2 and (b) Bands 3 to 5.

To help stem attrition in Operational Band 2-5’s grades Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service has created a retention strategy which is linked to wider activities around employee experience, employee lifecycle and staff engagement at work. As part of this strategy, we are looking at leaver trend data, undertaking in-depth exit interviews and using this feedback to establish the drivers of attrition in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. Local, Regional or National Interventions are then agreed to ensure that we are embedding retention plans in establishments. This work consists of reviewing existing data, policy, process and benefit arrangements for staff and establishing how best to optimise them in order to retain employees and stabilise the workforce.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children were remanded in custody for their own protection, in each year of the last 10 years.

There is no centrally held data on the number of children remanded for their own protection and the requested information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of frontline prison staffing levels in the context of current prison population projections.

As prison capacity expands, total staffing requirements are increasing. The department carefully monitors resourcing levels to ensure that we can manage current staffing levels and make accurate predictions around future needs. Work is ongoing to define the workforce need in association with the new prisons and expansion projects.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of cells across the (a) youth estate and (b) prison estate have access to technology capable of delivering in-cell education.

In-cell technology is available in three prisons and one young offender institution. We are currently deploying in-cell technology into a further 11 prisons – including the remaining three young offender institutions.

The technology provides access to digital services and includes educational, mental health content and more.

We plan to make the education providers ‘virtual campus’ system available on the in-cell equipment in due course.

Access to digital education continues to be available to prisoners in other areas of the prison.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prisons and (b) young offenders institutions have been served with an Urgent Notification in each year since 2000.

The Urgent Notification (UN) process was launched in 2017. Since then, the UN was invoked seven times across Her Majesty’s Prisons and Young Offenders’ Institution:

2018

- HMP Nottingham – invoked on 17 January.

- HMP Exeter – invoked on 30 May.

- HMP Birmingham – invoked on 20 August.

- HMP Bedford – invoked on 13 September.

2019

- HMP Bristol – invoked on 13 June.

- HMP/YOI Feltham A – invoked on 24 July.

2021

- HMP/YOI Chelmsford – invoked on 27 August.

The vast majority of the establishments have made crucial improvements in the areas of concerns highlighted by the Inspectorates. Some of this is noted by the Inspectorates in their follow up visits at the establishments.

The safety and wellbeing of all children and prisoners under our care is paramount so they can turn their lives around. Any concerns raised by the Inspectorates during their visits are taken seriously.

More information on the establishments that were issued with an Urgent Notification can be found on the gov.uk website here.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women are held in prisons in England and Wales for the non-payment of fines.

As of 30 June 2021, 6 women were held in prisons in England and Wales for non-payment of fines.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report by the Prison and Probation Ombudsman entitled Investigation into baby death at HMP Bronzefield HMP identifies key failings, published on 22 September 2021, what steps his Department plans to take in response to the finding that every pregnancy in prison is high risk.

The death of ‘Baby A’ was a tragedy and we have taken a range of actions to prevent this from happening again in partnership with Health.

On 20 September the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published a new policy on pregnancy, Mother and Baby Units and maternal separation from children up to the age of two in women’s prisons, which contains a range of reforms for improving the care of pregnant women, including reforms that address the learning from Baby A.

As part of our reforms, we have increased central data collection on self-declared pregnancies in women’s prisons. We will be publishing annual snapshots in the HMPPS Annual Digest. The first publication on 29 July, which covers the period July 2020 - April 2021, showed that on average there were 26 women in prison self-declared as pregnant each week. At present, there is no central collection that breaks this data down into those sentenced and those held on remand, however this is collected locally by individual prisons to ensure care is appropriate.

Women in prison should have access to the same range and quality of healthcare services compared to that which they would find in the community, including midwifery, obstetric and health visiting services. For information on the commissioning of clinical services for pregnant women in prison please refer to NHS England and NHS Improvement, the responsible authority.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many pregnant women are (a) imprisoned and (b) held on remand across the prison estate.

The death of ‘Baby A’ was a tragedy and we have taken a range of actions to prevent this from happening again in partnership with Health.

On 20 September the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published a new policy on pregnancy, Mother and Baby Units and maternal separation from children up to the age of two in women’s prisons, which contains a range of reforms for improving the care of pregnant women, including reforms that address the learning from Baby A.

As part of our reforms, we have increased central data collection on self-declared pregnancies in women’s prisons. We will be publishing annual snapshots in the HMPPS Annual Digest. The first publication on 29 July, which covers the period July 2020 - April 2021, showed that on average there were 26 women in prison self-declared as pregnant each week. At present, there is no central collection that breaks this data down into those sentenced and those held on remand, however this is collected locally by individual prisons to ensure care is appropriate.

Women in prison should have access to the same range and quality of healthcare services compared to that which they would find in the community, including midwifery, obstetric and health visiting services. For information on the commissioning of clinical services for pregnant women in prison please refer to NHS England and NHS Improvement, the responsible authority.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) probation officers and (b) Probation Service officers have left the service every year since Transforming Rehabilitation was announced.

The information requested, from 1st June 2014, can be found at: Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service workforce statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

‘Transforming rehabilitation: a strategy for reform’ was published on 9th May 2013. The National Probation Service (NPS) came into existence on 1st June 2014. The Ministry of Justice do not hold Probation Officer or Probation Service Officers leavers data from the previous Probation Trusts’ for the period between the announcement on 9th May 2013 to the point the NPS was formed on 1st June 2014 or for Community Rehabilitation Companies from the 1st of June 2014 until the services unified in June 2021.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mothers assessed as suitable to keep their baby with them on the prison estate were not able to due to a lack of mother and baby placements in the most recent period for which figures are available.

No mother has been denied a place on a Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) in the Women’s Custodial Estate due to lack of capacity since 2017, when current data collection commenced.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average distance is for a woman placed in the prison system to their home.

As of 17 September 2021, a woman in prison was on average 46 miles from their origin address.

There are complex and wide-ranging issues involved in transferring and locating prisoners, and allocation decisions must reflect both the specific needs and circumstances of the prisoner, including their security assessment, as well as the operating environment and range of services at the receiving prison.

HMPPS is committed to ensuring, where practicable, that prisoners are accommodated as close as possible to their resettlement communities and families. Whilst this is a priority, it is not always possible due to a variety of factors including wider population pressures, or where women have specific sentence planning needs which can only be met at certain establishments.

Around 97% of prisoners have an origin location; i.e. addresses that are recorded in our central IT system. If no address is given, an offender’s committal court address is used as a proxy for the area in which they are resident. This information is included in the data provided above. Those with no recorded origin are typically foreign nationals or those recently received into custody.

The numerical information provided has been drawn from administrative IT systems, which as with any large scale recording system are subject to possible error with data entry and processing.

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner-on-staff hostage incidents there have been in each year since 2010.

Hostage incidents within prisons are rare occurrences and HMPPS has comprehensive contingencies in place to resolve them as safely as possible. We have trained negotiators and intervention staff who provide a range of tactical interventions to establishments experiencing incidents of this nature. If an immediate threat to life is identified HMPPS has an agreed protocol with the Armed Policing Portfolio to hand over control of the incident, however we have not needed to call on the protocol since 1989.

The table below provides details of hostage incidents, broken down by victim type each year from March 2010 to March 2021. We publish hostage data in the HMPPS annual digest, therefore we are unable to release data for the period from March 2021 to March 22 until the data is released in July 2022.

Prisoner on Staff Hostage incidents

Year

Number

2010

0

2011

0

2012

2

2013

1

2014

3

2015

2

2016

3

2017

1

2018

9

2019

3

2020

0

2021

0

Grand Total

24

Note: These figures have been drawn from the HMPPS Incident Reporting System. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Although the figures are shown to the last case the figures may not be accurate to that level.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of prison cells out of commission as a result of poor maintenance in each of the last 10 years.

Over the past decade, prison capacity has been taken out of use both temporarily and on a longer-term basis for a number of reasons, including deterioration in the standard and condition of the accommodation. Accommodation is also taken out of use for essential maintenance and refurbishment. It is not possible, however, to provide a reasonable estimate as to which of these decisions was a result of ‘poor maintenance’.

We are investing £315m in capital funding over the next year to improve the condition of the existing estate. Some 1,900 places are currently out of use to enable this work along with more minor repairs. This will be supported by 1,000 temporary cells which can accommodate prisoners during maintenance and refurbishment work.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time spent on remand was in each year since 2010.

Centrally held court data does not include the amount of time spent remanded in custody, and therefore obtaining this information would result in a disproportionate cost to the department.

Prison receptions data has enabled an approximation of the data that has been requested. The attached table provides information on the average time spent on remand by all prisoners entering custody after sentencing between January 2010 and March 2021.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ethnic breakdown is of people held on remand in each year since 2010.

The decision to remand an individual in custody or to grant bail is solely a matter for the courts acting in accordance with the Bail Act 1976 and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012, which provides a framework of remand in custody and creates a presumption in favour of bail for all defendants involved in criminal proceedings.

The Ministry of Justice holds information for remand outcomes broken down by ethnicity in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court at the following links:

Remand Population and Total Population by Ethnicity in England and Wales 2015-2020

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1006270/Population_30June2021_Annual.ods

Remand Population by Magistrates Court

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/987718/remands-magistrates-court-tool-2020.xlsx

Remand Population by Crown Court

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/987720/remands-crown-court-tool-2020.xlsx

Research by the Youth Justice Board on Ethnic disproportionality in remand and sentencing in the youth justice system was published on 21 January 2021 and can be accessed via the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/952483/Ethnic_disproportionality_in_remand_and_sentencing_in_the_youth_justice_system.pdf

Routine Youth Justice Statistics 2019/2020 released on 28th January show remand broken down by ethnicity: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/youth-justice-statistics-2019-to-2020

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff were dismissed for conducting inappropriate relationships with prisoners in each year since 2010.

HM Prison and Probation Service has conduct and discipline policies in place which set out the minimum standards of conduct expected of all civil servants. Staff must exercise particular care to ensure that their dealings with prisoners, former prisoners and their friends and relations are not open to abuse, misrepresentation or exploitation. Staff relationships with prisoners must be professional at all times, and the HMPPS Counter Corruption Unit proactively follows up on intelligence to detect and investigate potentially inappropriate relationships.

The table below shows the number of prison staff dismissed after conduct and discipline action due to inappropriate relationships with a prisoner/ex-prisoner from the years 2009/10 to 2019/20. The figure for 2020/21 will be available in November following publication of the 2020/21 HMPPS Staff Equalities Report.

Table 1: Prison staff1 dismissed2 after conduct and discipline3 action for inappropriate relationship with a prisoner / ex-prisoner 44, for years 2009/10 to 2019/20

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Prison staff dismissed due to inappropriate relationship with a prisoner / ex-prisoner

13

15

6

8

11

9

9

3

7

13

8

Notes to tables:

1. Prison Staff relates to anyone working in HM Prison Service or the Youth Custody Service (YCS). Therefore it excludes anyone working in HQ or National Probation Service.

2. Information on the outcomes of any appeal is not included.

3. Conduct and discipline cases are defined as where a penalty has been imposed on a member of HMPPS staff for a reason of conduct

4. Staff subject to at least one conduct and discipline that was concluded during the year. If an individual had multiple charges then they will be counted only once.

5. Figures for 2020/21 will be published on 25 November 2021 in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Annual Staff Equalities Report.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) knives, (b) guns, (c) other weapons and (d) illicit substances were seized from people visiting prisoners in (i) total and (ii) each prison in each year since 2010.

The HMPPS Annual Digest for the relevant years, where available, contains information in relation to weapons and illicit substances found within the estate. It does not contain data broken down into different classes of weapon. There is no available data in relation to the proportion of finds attributable to individuals visiting the prison estate.

The Government takes seriously the conveyance of weapons and other illicit items and substances into prisons.

In August 2019, the Government committed to invest £100 million in prison security in an ambitious new Security Investment Programme. One of the aims of the Programme was to reduce illicit items entering the prison estate.

Since then, we have installed 73 X-ray body scanners across the prison estate and to date have had over 9000 positive indications. The roll out of Enhanced Gate Security (EGS), replicating the tough measures used in airport screening, has resulted in hundreds of illicit items prevented from entering prisons.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) charges, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been for the offence of prison mutiny in each year since 2010.

The offence of prison mutiny, contrary section 1 Prison Security Act 1992 is committed when two or more prisoners, on the premises of any prison, engage in conduct which is intended to further a common purpose of overthrowing lawful authority in that prison. The offence is aimed at behaviour intended to make a prison, or part of prison, ungovernable.

The Crime in Prison referral Agreement was published in May 2019 and includes riots, serious disorder, including prison mutiny as offences that mandate a referral to the police.

Please see below for the information on (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions for the offence of prison mutiny in England and Wales in each year from December 2013 to December 2020. Data from 2010 – 2013 is not readily available and would require additional work outside of the timeframe for a response.

Values

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Prosecuted

0

14

0

21

38

21

3

9

Convicted

3

11

1

1

5

8

16

13

Sentenced

3

11

1

1

5

8

16

13

The Ministry of Justice is not able to provide data on (a) charges for the offence of prison mutiny; this information is not held centrally on the court proceedings database.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic abuse survivors have had an application for legal aid denied in each year since 2010.

Legal aid is available to obtain an injunction to protect survivors of domestic violence. This is not subject to any upper means limit; applicants cannot be found financially ineligible for this form of support.

Save for the above, whether someone is a survivor of domestic violence is not recorded for types of legal aid for other categories of law, eligibility for which would be subject to the applicable means and merits tests.

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of confiscation of the legal high known as spice there were in prisons in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

The HMPPS Annual Digest for the relevant years, where available, contains information in relation to the number of drug finds on the prison estate. The digest contains all available data on drug type and class.

The Government takes seriously the conveyance of drugs into prisons, including psychoactive substances. In April 2021 we published a National Prisons Drugs Strategy to reduce drug misuse in our prisons, in order to increase safety for both staff and prisoners, and contribute towards ensuring that prisons are places of opportunity and change for prisoners.

In September 2016, HMPPS became the first prison service in the world to introduce innovative mandatory drug tests for psychoactive substances. We have made it a criminal offence to possess psychoactive substances in prison and trained more than 300 sniffer dogs specifically to detect these drugs.

In August 2019, the Government committed to invest £100 million in prison security in an ambitious new Security Investment Programme. One of the aims of the Programme was to reduce the quantity of drugs entering the prison estate.

Since then, we have installed 73 X-ray body scanners across the prison estate and to date have had over 9000 positive indications. The roll out of Enhanced Gate Security (EGS), replicating the tough measures used in airport screening, has resulted in hundreds of illicit items being prevented from entering prisons.

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have (a) escaped from prison vans and (b) remain on the run set out by offences convicted and length of custodial sentence in each year since 2010.

A prisoner escapes when they are able to pass beyond the perimeter of a secure prison or the control of HMPPS escorting staff.

These offences are monitored closely to identify any trends and each incident is fully investigated to prevent future incidents and keep the public safe. Prisoners who escape or abscond can face extra time in prison.

Please see data below for (a) the number of prisoners who escaped from prison vans/vehicles and (b) remain on the run set out by offences convicted and length of custodial sentence in England and Wales from the 12 months ending 2011 to the 12 months ending March 2021. To note ‘vehicles’ includes all vehicles that an escape occurs from, not just prison escort vans.

Number of Escapes1 from Vehicles2, by main offence type at the time of escape, in England and Wales, 12 months ending March 2011 to 12 months ending March 2021

12 Months to March

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Total

Offence Type

Violence against the person

2

1

1

1

5

Robbery

1

1

1

1

1

5

Theft offences

1

1

1

3

Miscellaneous crimes against society

1

1

Summary non-motoring

1

1

Offence not recorded3

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

11

Total

0

6

2

5

4

0

2

3

3

0

1

26

Note:

1 There were 26 escapes from vehicles between April 2010 and March 2021. None of the escapees currently remain at large as a result of these incidents.

2 "Vehicles" includes all vehicles that an escape occurred from, not just prison escort vans.

3 Escapees who were untried at the time of the escape have there offence not recorded as they were not convicted at the time of the incident.

Data Sources and Quality:

These figures have been drawn from the prison-NOMIS and HMPPS Incident Reporting System. Care is taken when processing and analysing returns but the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Although shown to the last case, the figures may not be accurate to that level.

Number of Escapes1 from Vehicles2 by custody type3,4,5 in England and Wales, 12 months ending March 2011 to 12 months ending March 2021

12 months to March

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Total

Total

6

2

5

4

2

3

3

1

26

Remand

1

2

3

3

1

1

1

1

13

Untried

1

2

2

2

1

1

1

10

Convicted unsentenced

1

1

1

3

Sentenced

4

2

1

1

2

1

11

Determinate sentence

2

1

1

4

Less than 6 months

1

1

6 months

1

1

Greater than 6 months to less than 12 months

0

12 months to less than 4 years

1

1

4 years or more

1

1

Indeterminate Sentences

2

1

3

IPP

2

2

Life

1

1

Recalls

2

1

1

4

Not recorded/unknown

1

1

2

Notes

1 There were 26 escapes from vehicles between April 2010 and March 2021. None of the escapees currently remain at large as a result of these incidents.

2 Vehicles includes all vehicles that an escape occurred from, not just prison escort vans.

3 This table shows the custody type and judicially impose sentence length for the prisoner at the time of the incident.

4 As administrative data is used to extract this informaiton, it is not possible to calculate the amount of time the prisoner has or will serve in custody. Where an individual has been sentenced, the judiciall imposed sentence length covers the full sentence length (in days) given to the prisoner, including any time spent on probation after the custodial part of the sentence has been served.

5 Data pre-2015 was taken from a different data source, and as such is not directly comparable with data for 2015 onwards.

Data Sources and Quality:

These figures have been drawn from the prison-NOMIS and HMPPS Incident Reporting System. Care is taken when processing and analysing returns but the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Although shown to the last case, the figures may not be accurate to that level.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the longest waiting time was between (a) an application for an employment tribunal and (b) the date of the first hearing in each of the last 10 years.

Period

The maximum time (weeks) from receipt to first hearing

Single Claims 1

Multiple Claims 2

1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021

685

743

1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020

528

629

1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019

560

407

1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018

406

682

1st April 2016 - 31st March 2017

330

704

1st April 2015 - 31st March 2016

1063

530

1st April 2014- 31st March 2015

374

426

1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014

953

390

1st April 2012 - 31st March 2013

281

573

1st April 2011 - 31st March 2012

869

865

The figures in the table are high but could be attributed to a handful of cases which have been incorrectly recorded. We are unable to do a manual check as files are only retained for twelve months.

NOTES relating to the above data.

1 Single claims are made by a sole employee/worker, relating to alleged breaches of employment rights.

2 Multiple claims are where two or more people bring proceedings arising out of the same facts, usually against a common employer. In this instance the lead multiple claim would be listed for hearing. This table provides the maximum listing time for both single and lead multiple claim cases.

Data is taken from a live management information system and can change over time. Data provided is management information and therefore not subject to the same level of checks as official statistics.

The data provided is the most recent available and for that reason might differ from any previously published information.

Data has not been cross referenced with case files.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and is the best data that is available.

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts that have been closed since 2010 have yet to be sold; and what the cost to the Government has been of each of those court premises since they were closed.

The table below provides a list of former court buildings which are closed and unsold. Three of these buildings are currently being used as Nightingale courts as a temporary measure as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Court

Notes

Holding Costs since closure

Chichester Magistrates’ Court and Combined Court

Operating as a temporary Nightingale court since 6 April 2021.

£556,242

Chorley Magistrates Court

£275,984

Exeter Magistrates Court

£91,784

Fleetwood Magistrates Court

Operating as a temporary Nightingale court since 24 August 2020.

£123,041

Harlow Magistrates Court

£153,362

Hartlepool Magistrates Court

We expect these costs to reduce by c.£200,000 due to a service charge rebate.

£476,193

Maidenhead Magistrates Court

£391,241

Scunthorpe Magistrates and County Court

£432,597

Telford County Court

Operating as a temporary Nightingale court since 17 July 2020.

£252,115

Holding costs include utilities, rates, maintenance and security, and with the exception of the Nightingale courts, are from the closure of the court until 31st August 2021. For the Nightingale courts, holding costs are calculated until their date of temporary reopening.

We assessed all unsold former court buildings as potential Nightingale courts, but due to condition issues and operational limitations, only the three buildings noted were suitable.

The decision to close any court is not taken lightly. It only happens following full public consultation and only when effective access to justice can be maintained. Courts that have closed were either underused, dilapidated or too close to another court.

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of asylum cases from applicants from Afghanistan (a) in progress and (b) awaiting trial in the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum).

The information that would allow this question to be answered accurately is not held centrally. HMCTS is working to clear the outstanding caseload caused by the pandemic and will ensure that there is capacity to manage any additional appeals that may flow from the state of affairs in Afghanistan.

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent with each company providing agency staff to his Department in each year since 2010.

The information requested for is provided in the attached Tables.

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many victims of domestic violence have had an application for legal aid denied when applying for a non-molestation order in each year since 2010.

Legal aid is available to obtain an injunction to protect survivors of domestic violence. This is not subject to any upper means limit; applicants cannot be found financially ineligible for this form of support. Applications are subject to a merits test to assess their suitability for legal aid funding. Please note that volumes relate to applications for legal aid and not individual applicants; an individual may submit more than one application for public funding. Less than 1.4% of applications for legal aid for a non-molestation order were refused since 2010. Less than 7% of applications for an occupation order were refused since 2010.

Applications for legal aid for occupation orders and non-molestation orders:

OCCUPATION ORDERS

YEAR

APPLICATIONS

REFUSALS

2010-2011

715

27

2011-2012

524

21

2012-2013

600

35

2013-2014

208

15

2014-2015

215

8

2015-2016

243

13

2016-2017

354

27

2017-2018

301

25

2018-2019

373

44

2019-2020

332

42

2020-2021

321

32

NON-MOLESTATION ORDERS

YEAR

APPLICATIONS

REFUSALS

2010-2011

11,649

35

2011-2012

10,520

14

2012-2013

11,495

25

2013-2014

15,261

68

2014-2015

14,121

131

2015-2016

13,461

132

2016-2017

13,251

235

2017-2018

13,399

307

2018-2019

13,189

406

2019-2020

16,148

391

2020-2021

21,790

403

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many victims of domestic violence have had an application for legal aid denied in relation to an application for an occupation order in each year since 2010.

Legal aid is available to obtain an injunction to protect survivors of domestic violence. This is not subject to any upper means limit; applicants cannot be found financially ineligible for this form of support. Applications are subject to a merits test to assess their suitability for legal aid funding. Please note that volumes relate to applications for legal aid and not individual applicants; an individual may submit more than one application for public funding. Less than 1.4% of applications for legal aid for a non-molestation order were refused since 2010. Less than 7% of applications for an occupation order were refused since 2010.

Applications for legal aid for occupation orders and non-molestation orders:

OCCUPATION ORDERS

YEAR

APPLICATIONS

REFUSALS

2010-2011

715

27

2011-2012

524

21

2012-2013

600

35

2013-2014

208

15

2014-2015

215

8

2015-2016

243

13

2016-2017

354

27

2017-2018

301

25

2018-2019

373

44

2019-2020

332

42

2020-2021

321

32

NON-MOLESTATION ORDERS

YEAR

APPLICATIONS

REFUSALS

2010-2011

11,649

35

2011-2012

10,520

14

2012-2013

11,495

25

2013-2014

15,261

68

2014-2015

14,121

131

2015-2016

13,461

132

2016-2017

13,251

235

2017-2018

13,399

307

2018-2019

13,189

406

2019-2020

16,148

391

2020-2021

21,790

403

19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were prosecuted for committing an offence under section 5 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 in each of the last 10 years.

The Ministry of Justice has published information on prosecutions under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 in England and Wales, up to December 2020, available in the ‘Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code’ data tool, which can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/987731/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2020.xlsx

Data showing the number of defendants prosecuted under section 5 of this Act, in England and Wales from 2010 to 2020 (latest available) can be found in the attached table.

The data supplied is a subset of published information from the Courts Proceedings database.

19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings (a) he has and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with the operator of Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre since inspectors issued an Urgent Notification in respect of that Centre in December 2020.

Following the invoking of the Urgent Notification protocol at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (STC) last December, Ministers called an urgent meeting with senior representatives from the provider MTC. HMPPS officials were then instructed to deploy to Rainsbrook to scrutinise actions taken by MTC in response to the Urgent Notification. Subsequent meetings were conducted between officials, with regard to monitoring the Urgent Notification action plan. As this is a contracted service the YCS/HMPPS contract management and commercial teams have met internally and with MTC on a regular basis.

We ordered the provider to take the immediate action necessary to address the unacceptable failings at Rainsbrook, including a focus on ensuring all children in the Reverse Cohorting Unit had a suitable amount of time out of their room. Whilst inspectors acknowledged that this issue had been addressed, and that the Youth Custody Service had strengthened its oversight of the STC, a second Urgent Notification was invoked on 18 June following a full inspection of the centre with reference to separate serious concerns.

We have now transferred all children from Rainsbrook to alternative appropriate accommodation. Separately, we are also considering the future of the centre, with a further announcement to be made on this position in due course following conclusion of the current commercial matters.

19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have been (a) reprimanded, (b) dismissed and (c) convicted for being in possession of prohibited items including drugs while on duty in each of the last 10 years.

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. To answer this accurately each individual personnel file held on each prison officer in post over the last 10 years would need to be examined. Most older personnel files are still held in hard copy format and would need to be brought back from storage.

19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will provide a breakdown of the most recent (a) rape and (b) sexual assault (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction statistics by the ethnicity of the alleged victim or victims.

Due to a lack of data collected on victim characteristics, we do not have any rape or sexual assault statistics available on prosecutions or convictions by victim ethnicity.

However, I am able to provide data on the estimated prevalence rates of rape and sexual assault by victim ethnicity. This can be found at Sexual offences prevalence and victim characteristics, England and Wales - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk).

Information on the ethnicity of the alleged victim or victims of rape and sexual assault offences is not centrally held within the court proceedings database. Overall information on prosecutions and convictions for rape and sexual assault offences in England and Wales, up to December 2020, is available in the ‘Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code’ data tool, which can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/987731/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2020.xlsx

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publishe the backlog of outstanding cases at the start of July for each year since 2010 in every Crown Court open in England and Wales.

The number of outstanding cases by Crown Court for each year since 2014 is currently published as part of the National Statistics publication ‘Criminal Court Statistics Quarterly’ in the ‘Crown Court cases received, disposed, outstanding tool’. The published data for the second quarters of these years reflects the outstanding caseload in Crown Courts at the end of June of those respective years. The most recent data can be found in Criminal Statistics Quartely January to March 2021 linked below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-court-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2021

and the received, disposed and outstanding tool can be accessed here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/996073/cc_rdos_tool.xlsx

This data is only available split by individual Crown Court back to 2014.

19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many persons convicted of rape have received a sentence of less than (a) five, (b) seven and (c) 10 years imprisonment in each of the last 10 years.

The Ministry of Justice has published information on prosecutions and convictions for rape and offences in England and Wales, up to December 2020, available in the ‘Outcomes by Offence’ data tool, which can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/987715/outcomes-by-offence-2020.xlsx

In order to isolate rape offences, type ‘rape’ into the ‘Offence’ filter and select all results that appear (19C-19H). Rows 55 to 77 will display a range of values based on sentence lengths.

Rape and sexual violence are devastating crimes that have a long-lasting impact on victims. Provisions in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, currently before Parliament, will ensure that all serious sexual offenders, including those convicted of rape, will be required to serve two-thirds of their sentence in prison if given a standard determinate sentence of more than 4 years.

It is regrettable that you voted against this.

6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average fine given to an offender guilty of pet theft was in each of the last 10 years.

The government recognises the deep distress which the theft of a much-loved pet can cause. All reported crimes should be investigated and, where appropriate, taken through the courts and met with tough sentences. Theft is a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968 and the maximum penalty is seven years’ imprisonment. The sentencing guidelines for theft, acknowledge that theft which causes emotional distress, or where the items stolen were of substantial value to the loser, regardless of monetary worth, will indicate a higher level of seriousness and the offender should be sentenced accordingly.

There are a range of offences under the Theft Act 1968 which could relate to the theft of a pet depending on the individual circumstances of the case. Centrally held information on theft offences does not identify if a pet specifically was stolen. The information may be held on court record but to be able to identify cases in which pets were stolen would require access to individual court records which would be of disproportionate cost.

6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of offenders found guilty of the theft of a pet received a custodial sentence in each of the last 10 years.

The government recognises the deep distress which the theft of a much-loved pet can cause. All reported crimes should be investigated and, where appropriate, taken through the courts and met with tough sentences. Theft is a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968 and the maximum penalty is seven years’ imprisonment. The sentencing guidelines for theft, acknowledge that theft which causes emotional distress, or where the items stolen were of substantial value to the loser, regardless of monetary worth, will indicate a higher level of seriousness and the offender should be sentenced accordingly.

There are a range of offences under the Theft Act 1968 which could relate to the theft of a pet depending on the individual circumstances of the case. Centrally held information on theft offences does not identify if a pet specifically was stolen. The information may be held on court record but to be able to identify cases in which pets were stolen would require access to individual court records which would be of disproportionate cost.

6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were sentenced to four years or more for the theft of a pet in each of the last 10 years.

The government recognises the deep distress which the theft of a much-loved pet can cause. All reported crimes should be investigated and, where appropriate, taken through the courts and met with tough sentences. Theft is a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968 and the maximum penalty is seven years’ imprisonment. The sentencing guidelines for theft, acknowledge that theft which causes emotional distress, or where the items stolen were of substantial value to the loser, regardless of monetary worth, will indicate a higher level of seriousness and the offender should be sentenced accordingly.

There are a range of offences under the Theft Act 1968 which could relate to the theft of a pet depending on the individual circumstances of the case. Centrally held information on theft offences does not identify if a pet specifically was stolen. The information may be held on court record but to be able to identify cases in which pets were stolen would require access to individual court records which would be of disproportionate cost.

6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were convicted of pet theft in each of the last 10 years.

The government recognises the deep distress which the theft of a much-loved pet can cause. All reported crimes should be investigated and, where appropriate, taken through the courts and met with tough sentences. Theft is a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968 and the maximum penalty is seven years’ imprisonment. The sentencing guidelines for theft, acknowledge that theft which causes emotional distress, or where the items stolen were of substantial value to the loser, regardless of monetary worth, will indicate a higher level of seriousness and the offender should be sentenced accordingly.

There are a range of offences under the Theft Act 1968 which could relate to the theft of a pet depending on the individual circumstances of the case. Centrally held information on theft offences does not identify if a pet specifically was stolen. The information may be held on court record but to be able to identify cases in which pets were stolen would require access to individual court records which would be of disproportionate cost.

6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of pet thefts resulted in a prosecution being brought in each of the last 10 years.

The government recognises the deep distress which the theft of a much-loved pet can cause. All reported crimes should be investigated and, where appropriate, taken through the courts and met with tough sentences. Theft is a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968 and the maximum penalty is seven years’ imprisonment. The sentencing guidelines for theft, acknowledge that theft which causes emotional distress, or where the items stolen were of substantial value to the loser, regardless of monetary worth, will indicate a higher level of seriousness and the offender should be sentenced accordingly.

There are a range of offences under the Theft Act 1968 which could relate to the theft of a pet depending on the individual circumstances of the case. Centrally held information on theft offences does not identify if a pet specifically was stolen. The information may be held on court record but to be able to identify cases in which pets were stolen would require access to individual court records which would be of disproportionate cost.

28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the secure holding of CCTV footage filmed within his Department.

As has been the practice of successive Administrations, it is not government policy to comment on security procedures in government buildings.

28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department permits (a) officials, (b) special advisors and (c) Ministers of his Department to access private email accounts from their office desktop computers, department-issued laptop computers or department-issued mobile phone devices.

I refer the Rt. Hon. Member to the Cabinet Office guidance to departments on use of private emails.

It is government policy not to comment on specific technical security controls; however, the incidental personal use of private email accounts from departmental systems is subject to our IT Acceptable Use Policy, in spare time.

28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any departmental business has been conducted on private email addresses; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure that full records are kept of that business.

I refer the Rt. Hon. Member to the Cabinet Office guidance to departments on use of private emails.

It is government policy not to comment on specific technical security controls; however, the incidental personal use of private email accounts from departmental systems is subject to our IT Acceptable Use Policy, in spare time.

15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2020 to Question 101946 on Prisoners: Babies, how many pregnant women have entered the prison estate since the death of a baby in HMP Bronzefield in October 2019.

We do not currently publish pregnancy data routinely.

As part of our fundamental review of policy relating to mothers and expectant mothers in prison, we have committed to providing national pregnancy data in future.

Further information on the review, including our findings and resulting reforms regarding data collection, can be found in our summary report published in July 2020:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/905559/summary-report-of-review-of-policy-on-mbu.pdf.

The tragic death of a baby at Bronzefield in September 2019 is subject to a number of ongoing investigations, including by the Prison and Probation Ombudsman. We will reflect any learning from the investigations in our new policy, which will be published shortly.

14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by his Department to the central Cabinet Office Clearing House on Freedom of Information requests for advice on handling, in the last two years.

I can confirm that the Ministry of Justice has referred a number of Freedom of Information requests to the Clearing House during the last two years.

Any FOI requests which are referred to the Clearing House are done so in line with the published criteria available on gov.uk. The Clearing House, which has been in existence since 2004, provides advice to ensure a consistent approach across government to requests for information.

The Ministry of Justice consistently receives some of the highest volumes of Freedom of Information requests compared to other Government Departments and has sustained performance above the Information Commissioner’s timeliness target of 90% for 43 consecutive months.

7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding the Government has allocated to legal aid in England and Wales in each financial year since 2010.

The Lord Chancellor has a duty to ensure that legal aid is made available in accordance with the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (2012), for cases where the relevant criteria, such as the financial eligibility of the applicant and/or the degree of legal merit in their case, is met, where applicable.

The Ministry of Justice works within HM Treasury allocations as shown in the Main and Supplementary Estimates (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-main-estimates) each year. However, the nature of Legal Aid funding means that it is demand led, and as such the MoJ ensures sufficient allocation is made to cover the incurred costs.

Spend on legal aid since 2010 can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/legal-aid-statistics, which currently shows expenditure up to and including December 2020.

20th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the backlog of outstanding cases was at (a) Teesside Magistrates' Court, (b) Teesside Combined Court and (c) Peterlee Magistrates' Court at the end of March in each year since 2010; and what the backlog of outstanding cases was at Hartlepool Magistrates' Court in each year since 2010 until that court was closed.

The information requested can be found in the tables below.

The first table represents the number of outstanding cases for Teesside Crown Court cases.

The second table represents the number of outstanding cases at Teesside, Peterlee and Hartlepool Magistrates Courts.

Teesside Crown Court cases are reported separately to Teesside Magistrates Court cases as they are different courts.

HMCTS refer to all cases as outstanding rather than a backlog. Strictly speaking, the data below provided below is thus based on outstanding cases and not backlog of cases. There will always be a ‘stock’ of outstanding cases based on the size of each site and mix of cases.

Teesside Crown

Trials

Sentences

Appeals

March 2020

497

133

50

March 2019

413

109

45

March 2018

435

82

24

March 2017

567

88

30

March 2016

604

77

30

March 2015

735

51

46

March 2014

702

77

28

March 2013

474

90

23

March 2012

457

67

16

March 2011

556

51

26

March 2010

615

63

28

Magistrates

Date

Teesside

Peterlee

Hartlepool

Mar-20

5,279

1,209

Mar-19

4,935

1,441

Mar-18

5,407

1,052

Mar-17

5,970

1,125

Mar-16

2,630

1,263

301

Mar-15

2,387

1,570

473

Mar-14

2,882

1,515

492

Mar-13

3,396

797

619

Mar-12

3,382

919

601

Mar-11

2,685

632

614

Mar-10

2,827

666

934

15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish details of any cases in which officials in his Department receive remuneration for paid work for organisations or companies outside of government.

On 23 April, the Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the management of outside interests in the Civil Service.

The Committee published this letter on 26 April. It can be found here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/5623/documents/55584/default/

The Cabinet Secretary’s letter sets out a series of steps to improve processes. This programme of work will also take account of any recommendations that emerge from Nigel Boardman’s review.

The Civil Service Management Code sets out, at paragraph 4.3.4, the requirement that civil servants must seek permission before accepting any outside employment which might affect their work either directly or indirectly. The applicable principles are those set out in the Business Appointment Rules. The Civil Service Management Code is published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-servants-terms-and-conditions.

Where the civil servant is a member of the departmental board any outside employment, as well as other relevant interests will be published as part of the Annual Report and Accounts or other transparency publication.

24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been transferred from the Magistrates' Court to the Crown Court in each of the last 10 years.

The Ministry of Justice has published information on the number of defendants sent to Crown Court for trial and sentencing in England and Wales up to December 2019, available in the ‘Magistrates’ Court’ data tool, which can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888347/magistrates-court-tool-2019.xlsx

The pivot sheet shows the number of defendants sent for trial (row 27) and committed for sentencing (row 29) from the Magistrates’ Court to the Crown Court in each of the last 10 years.

24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hearings were adjourned in (a) family, (b) criminal and (c) civil courts in each of the last three months.

The information requested is provided in the table below for hearings in the Crown Court and the magistrates’ courts:

Hearings adjourned in the Crown Court

October 2020

22,883

November 2020

21,630

December 2020

19,140

Hearings adjourned in the magistrates’ courts

October 2020

52,260

November 2020

43,840

December 2020

35,195

In the civil courts, we regularly publish data on hearings adjourned due to Covid-19 at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/hmcts-weekly-management-information-during-coronavirus-march-2020-to-february-2021. We have extracted the last three months of data in the table below. Data on hearings adjourned overall in the civil courts is not held centrally, and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Hearings adjourned in the civil courts due to Covid-19

November 2020

385

December 2020

177

January 2021

168

We do not hold data centrally on hearings adjourned in the family courts. Our case management system does record where a hearing has been vacated, but we do not hold information on whether this is because the hearing was adjourned, the case was concluded, or the hearing was not required.

24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many buildings currently used for Nightingale Courts will have their lease expire by June 2021.

Nightingale courts have provided a much-needed boost to the crown-court system, providing more capacity at a time of social distancing. As at 31 March we have 30 Nightingale courts open, providing a total of 60 courtrooms.

There are 19 Nightingale venues where hire agreements are currently due to expire at the end of June. We are exploring options to extend the leases in order to maximise the use of the court estate. We will continue to consider where Nightingale courts are needed for local operational reasons and we remain in close contact with the landlords of all existing venues.

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, as of 12 February 2021, which (a) prisons or (b) Youth Offender Institutions have more than 100 suspected or confirmed cases of covid-19 among the prisoner population.

We have well-developed policies and procedures in place to manage outbreaks and infectious diseases. This means prisons and probation services are well prepared to take immediate action whenever cases or suspected cases are identified. Our measures so far have included restricting regimes, minimising inter-prison transfers and compartmentalising our prisons into different units to isolate the sick, shield the vulnerable and quarantine new arrivals.

Recognising the unique environment in prisons, we routinely test staff and offenders to bolster our defences against the virus, and conduct mass testing in outbreak sites – meaning we can identify more cases, isolate them earlier and move quickly to contain outbreaks and protect the NHS.

The below table shows the establishments which had more than 10 and 50 open positive cases as of 15 February 2021. Open positive cases are individuals who have tested positive and are either still in their isolation period or are still showing symptoms. Establishments that had more than 50 cases are not listed in the more than ten group, and no prisons or YOIs have more than 100 such cases.

More than 10 open cases

Altcourse, Bedford, Berwyn, Birmingham, Brinsford, Buckley Hall, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Drake Hall, Erlestoke, Gartree, Guys Marsh, High Down, Hindley, Lewes, Manchester, Moorland, Pentonville, Peterborough (Male), Ranby, Risley, Rye Hill, Stafford, Stocken, Stoke Heath, Thorn Cross, Wakefield, Wandsworth, Whatton and Wormwood Scrubs.

More than 50 open cases

Durham, Humber, Isle of Wight, Lindholme, New Hall, Oakwood, Verne, Wayland and Winchester

It should be noted that although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. Much of the data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic has been done at pace, with recording practices evolving as we understand more about the requirements and conditions we are facing. In order to present the timeliest information, the data presented in this table have not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, as of 12 February 2021, which (a) prisons or (b) Youth Offender Institutions have more than 50 suspected or confirmed cases of covid-19 among the prisoner population.

We have well-developed policies and procedures in place to manage outbreaks and infectious diseases. This means prisons and probation services are well prepared to take immediate action whenever cases or suspected cases are identified. Our measures so far have included restricting regimes, minimising inter-prison transfers and compartmentalising our prisons into different units to isolate the sick, shield the vulnerable and quarantine new arrivals.

Recognising the unique environment in prisons, we routinely test staff and offenders to bolster our defences against the virus, and conduct mass testing in outbreak sites – meaning we can identify more cases, isolate them earlier and move quickly to contain outbreaks and protect the NHS.

The below table shows the establishments which had more than 10 and 50 open positive cases as of 15 February 2021. Open positive cases are individuals who have tested positive and are either still in their isolation period or are still showing symptoms. Establishments that had more than 50 cases are not listed in the more than ten group, and no prisons or YOIs have more than 100 such cases.

More than 10 open cases

Altcourse, Bedford, Berwyn, Birmingham, Brinsford, Buckley Hall, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Drake Hall, Erlestoke, Gartree, Guys Marsh, High Down, Hindley, Lewes, Manchester, Moorland, Pentonville, Peterborough (Male), Ranby, Risley, Rye Hill, Stafford, Stocken, Stoke Heath, Thorn Cross, Wakefield, Wandsworth, Whatton and Wormwood Scrubs.

More than 50 open cases

Durham, Humber, Isle of Wight, Lindholme, New Hall, Oakwood, Verne, Wayland and Winchester

It should be noted that although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. Much of the data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic has been done at pace, with recording practices evolving as we understand more about the requirements and conditions we are facing. In order to present the timeliest information, the data presented in this table have not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, as of 12 February 2021, which (a) prisons and (b) Youth Offender Institutions have more than 10 suspected or confirmed cases of covid-19 among the prisoner population.

We have well-developed policies and procedures in place to manage outbreaks and infectious diseases. This means prisons and probation services are well prepared to take immediate action whenever cases or suspected cases are identified. Our measures so far have included restricting regimes, minimising inter-prison transfers and compartmentalising our prisons into different units to isolate the sick, shield the vulnerable and quarantine new arrivals.

Recognising the unique environment in prisons, we routinely test staff and offenders to bolster our defences against the virus, and conduct mass testing in outbreak sites – meaning we can identify more cases, isolate them earlier and move quickly to contain outbreaks and protect the NHS.

The below table shows the establishments which had more than 10 and 50 open positive cases as of 15 February 2021. Open positive cases are individuals who have tested positive and are either still in their isolation period or are still showing symptoms. Establishments that had more than 50 cases are not listed in the more than ten group, and no prisons or YOIs have more than 100 such cases.

More than 10 open cases

Altcourse, Bedford, Berwyn, Birmingham, Brinsford, Buckley Hall, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Drake Hall, Erlestoke, Gartree, Guys Marsh, High Down, Hindley, Lewes, Manchester, Moorland, Pentonville, Peterborough (Male), Ranby, Risley, Rye Hill, Stafford, Stocken, Stoke Heath, Thorn Cross, Wakefield, Wandsworth, Whatton and Wormwood Scrubs.

More than 50 open cases

Durham, Humber, Isle of Wight, Lindholme, New Hall, Oakwood, Verne, Wayland and Winchester

It should be noted that although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. Much of the data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic has been done at pace, with recording practices evolving as we understand more about the requirements and conditions we are facing. In order to present the timeliest information, the data presented in this table have not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many escapes there were from (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions in 2020; and from which prison or institution those escapes took place.

Escapes from prisons and young offender institutions (YOI) are rare. On the rare occasions that they do occur, the prisoner, once returned to custody, is held in tougher conditions and faces further punishment.

Please see data below for the number of prisoner escapes in England and Wales in 2020 and the prison or institution from which the escape took place.

The data recorded is from April 2019 – March 2020.

Escapes 2019-2020:

From establishments – 1

From HMPPS Escorts – 1

In 2019, there was one escape from a prison establishment in the adult male estate HMP Channings Wood, a male Category C. The prisoner was later caught, returned to custody and received an additional sentence for absconding lawful custody. There were no escapes from YOIs in 2020.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners escaped from prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

Escapes from prison are rare. Each and every escape is fully investigated and as part of this, any learning from the incident is analysed centrally to offer support to establishments. To ensure public protection prisoners who escape are held in stricter conditions when they are returned to custody. Please see data below for the number of prisoner escapes in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years. The data is recorded every year from April – March, for example, April 2019 – March 2020.

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-28

2018-19

2019-20

Prison

1

2

1

2

0

2

4

1

1

1

HMMPS Escort

1

2

0

2

1

3

3

3

2

1

TOTAL

2

4

1

4

1

5

7

4

3

2

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times illegal drugs were confiscated on the HM Courts & Tribunals Service estate in the last five years.

The safety and security of court and tribunal users is paramount. HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has embedded a series of measures designed to keep its buildings, and the people within them (including staff, judiciary, contractors, jurors, and users) safe and secure. Among other things, security search on entry procedures are in place to ensure risks to personal safety are minimised. Details of the policy, including information on items not allowed into court and tribunal buildings are available online.

All illegal drugs discovered on court or tribunal users are confiscated and reported to the police. The data below includes that provided by HMCTS previous security contractors G4S and Mitie. G4S began recording numbers of drug confiscations in April 2017. Mitie began recording this in November 2018. Since April 2020 OCS has been HMCTS’ security provider. The numbers shown below relate specifically to the confiscation of drugs from persons on entry to court or tribunal buildings during ordinary security search procedures. Increased search procedures can take place when defendants enter into custody areas based on risk assessment and these can include a body search.

Financial Year

Drug Confiscations

2017/18 (G4S only)

364

2018/19 (G4S and Mitie-November onwards)

937

2019/20 (G4S and Mitie)

2988

April 2020 – January 2021 (OCS)

460

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's five largest outsourcing contracts are by (a) name and (b) cost of each to the exchequer.

The information requested is provided in the attached annex

The information provided is for the five largest contracts by total value over the lifetime of the contract.

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many courts in England and Wales his Department plans to close in the next five years.

There are currently no plans to close any courts or tribunals beyond those already announced.

Recovering from the impacts of Covid-19 and keeping our courts and tribunals safe and open is our priority. Measures have been put in place so that court and tribunal rooms are Covid secure and cases have moved to virtual hearings where possible. We have opened Nightingale Courts providing more than 40 additional courtrooms and we are on track to provide a total of 60 courtrooms across the estate by the end of March.

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of Crown Court cases where victims have dropped out due to delays caused by the case backlog.

This Government is acutely aware of the risk of victims withdrawing their support from prosecutions because of delays in the Crown Court. It is not possible to provide an estimate of the number of cases where victims have dropped out due to delays caused by the case backlog. However, the Ministry of Justice can provide some data on the number of prosecutions which ended because of the withdrawal of the support of a victim or witness. This can include victims and witnesses dropping out for a variety of reasons, including the impact of delays.

Between January to September 2020, 124 Crown Court case were ended by the prosecution because a witness was absent or withdrew from a trial. This represented 6% of all cracked trials in that 9-month period. By comparison, in 2019 456 Crown Court cases ended due to witness absence or withdrawal – 5.5% of all cracked trials in that year. In 2010, 943 Crown Court cases ended to witness absence or withdrawal – 5.1% of all cracked trials in that year.

Victims deserve to have their cases investigated seriously and pursued rigorously through the courts and we are investing millions to deliver swifter justice and support victims. In 2021-22, we will provide just under £140m for victim and witness support services. Criminal courts continue to recover from the pandemic – magistrates’ backlogs have fallen by 50,000 since last summer, cases dealt with in crown courts reached pre-Covid levels in December, and more rooms are now open for jury trials than before the pandemic.

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints he has received in relation to the management of private cemeteries in each of the last ten years.

Numbers of complaints received in relation to the management of private cemeteries are not collated but the department may receive communications from time to time. While private burial grounds are not covered by the same regulations and guidance that govern local authority burial grounds, MoJ anticipates that private cemeteries will adhere to those standards.

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, as of 12 February 2021, how many and which (a) prisons or (b) Youth Offender Institutions have reported staffing sicknesses levels of over 20 per cent.

The data covering 12 February 2021 has not yet been published and will be included as part of the workforce statistics up to 31 March 2021; which is due to be published in the HMPPS Quarterly Workforce Statistics Bulletin on 20 May 2021.

The latest published data has been used to answer these questions and covers the period to 31 December 2020.

For staff who had reported sick on 31 December 2020, the following prisons showed sickness absence of over 10% of all staff: HMP Norwich, HMP Dartmoor, HMP Elmley, HMP Pentonville, HMP Holme House, and HMP Cookham Wood. They are all adult prisons apart from Cookham Wood which is a Young Offenders Institution (YOI).

There were no prisons or YOIs which had a sickness absence of over 20% on 31 December 2020.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, as of 12 February 2021, how many and which (a) prisons or (b) Youth Offender Institutions have reported staffing sicknesses levels of over 10 per cent.

The data covering 12 February 2021 has not yet been published and will be included as part of the workforce statistics up to 31 March 2021; which is due to be published in the HMPPS Quarterly Workforce Statistics Bulletin on 20 May 2021.

The latest published data has been used to answer these questions and covers the period to 31 December 2020.

For staff who had reported sick on 31 December 2020, the following prisons showed sickness absence of over 10% of all staff: HMP Norwich, HMP Dartmoor, HMP Elmley, HMP Pentonville, HMP Holme House, and HMP Cookham Wood. They are all adult prisons apart from Cookham Wood which is a Young Offenders Institution (YOI).

There were no prisons or YOIs which had a sickness absence of over 20% on 31 December 2020.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the scientific advice supporting the decision to keep courts open throughout the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

The HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) approach to risk assessment is set out in our Organisational Risk Assessment (available on gov.uk), and is implemented on the ground by site-specific assessments carried out and kept under regular and frequent review. We work closely with Public Health officials to ensure our approach is entirely in line with prevailing standards and best practice.

Public Health experts have confirmed to HMCTS that our arrangements are strong enough to deal with the challenges provided by the new variants of the virus. In the first week of January we sought and received confirmation from Public Health experts that the policies we have in place to mitigate against the risks of transmission continue to be satisfactory. Public Health experts have confirmed that they are.

Public Health bodies consider scientific advice (including that on the new variant) when making their recommendations on Covid-secure arrangements for all workplaces. HMCTS and PHE officials work alongside one another to produce the documentation already published.

HMCTS’s guidance is published on Gov.uk and can found by using the web address below.

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation

PHE agreed statement on the matter is published at the link below:

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation#public-health-experts-confirm-court-and-tribunal-covid-secure-arrangements-appropriate

18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the Public Health England guidance on the continued operation of HMCTS during the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

The HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) approach to risk assessment is set out in our Organisational Risk Assessment (available on gov.uk), and is implemented on the ground by site-specific assessments carried out and kept under regular and frequent review. We work closely with Public Health officials to ensure our approach is entirely in line with prevailing standards and best practice.

Public Health experts have confirmed to HMCTS that our arrangements are strong enough to deal with the challenges provided by the new variants of the virus. In the first week of January we sought and received confirmation from Public Health experts that the policies we have in place to mitigate against the risks of transmission continue to be satisfactory. Public Health experts have confirmed that they are.

Public Health bodies consider scientific advice (including that on the new variant) when making their recommendations on Covid-secure arrangements for all workplaces. HMCTS and PHE officials work alongside one another to produce the documentation already published.

HMCTS’s guidance is published on Gov.uk and can found by using the web address below.

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation

PHE agreed statement on the matter is published at the link below:

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation#public-health-experts-confirm-court-and-tribunal-covid-secure-arrangements-appropriate

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff employed by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service have been employed in courts and tribunals in each of the last five years.

Total number of HMCTS staff who work in operational roles in Courts and Tribunal locations using Court and Tribunal jurisdictions.

Courts & Tribs headcount

HMCTS staff

Agency staff

Total

as at 31 Dec 19

11772

1579

13351

as at 31 Dec 18

12343

1284

13627

as at 31 Dec 17

11998

1684

13682

as at 31 Dec 16

12916

1229

14145

as at 31 Dec 15

13870

881

14751

This excludes staff who are based in Courts and Tribunals who do not work directly in a Court and Tribunal such as some HR colleagues that work out of a Court location but are not working in a Court.

We have also excluded staff who would not be covered by selecting the jurisdictional split such as Enforcement, Frontline Support, HQ, Multi jurisdiction, Probate staff and NBC staff. This does not include contractor details because we do not hold this data in our HR data.

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse was in 2019-20 of the (a) recruitment of and (b) induction and initial training for (i) full-time district judges, (ii) deputy district judges and (iii) lay magistrates and each (A) full-time district judge, (B) deputy district judge and (C) lay magistrate.

Recruitment of judges in England and Wales is undertaken by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC). The JAC completed 35 recruitment exercises and made 979 recommendations in 2019/20, including 47 district judges, 151 deputy district judges and 17 district judges (magistrates’ court). The costs allocated to each exercise were £44,000 for district judges, £454,000 for deputy district judges and £60,000 for district judges (magistrates’ courts). Due to the different costs incurred for different exercises, judge level recruitment costs are not reported.

The Lord Chief Justice is responsible for judicial training, exercised through the Judicial College. As district judges are required to have previous judicial experience, induction training is tailored to meet the specific needs of each judge based on their previous sitting experience. Of the appointments made in 2019/20, three district judges were required to attend training at a total cost of £10,000. The cost of induction training for deputy district judges was £1.2m plus £873,000 in sitting in days. These are observation days at a hearing before and after training that must be completed by fee paid judges before presiding over a hearing. Induction training was also provided to 30 newly appointed deputy district judges (magistrates’ courts) at a total cost of £81,000. The Judicial College does not calculate the cost per judge of induction training.

In 2019-2020 1,033 magistrates were appointed. HMCTS are responsible for the recruitment and the delivery of training to magistrates and do not collate the costs of magistrate recruitment or training.

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of members of the working groups which have shaped the new policy on magistrate recruitment are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Members of the Recruitment and Attraction Steering Group (who are involved in the working groups) are magistrates and lay members of Advisory Committees in each region who were appointed following an Expression of Interest exercise. Diversity data for the Steering Group Members is not separately collated. Other working group members are comprised of officials from MoJ, HMCTS and Judicial Office and we do not separately collate their diversity data for this specific role.

The Judicial Office collate the diversity data of magistrates. Currently, diversity data of applicants to the magistracy is not collated as it is not mandatory for prospective applicants to provide this information. The Magistrates Recruitment and Attraction programme is developing a new recruitment system that will capture diversity data of applicants throughout the application process. The diversity data of appointed magistrates are published in the Judicial Diversity Statistics.

Leadership roles within the magistracy, including those within the Magistrates’ Leadership Executive, are undertaken by appointed magistrates. Leadership roles are openly advertised to all magistrates and filled through either an Expression of Interest exercise or following local selection processes. Diversity data of those who hold leadership roles is not separately collated.

The Judicial Office does not collate socio-economic data of new magistrates. The Judicial Diversity Statistics sets out data on magistrates’ ethnicity, age and gender. By March 2021, the aim is for all Judicial office holders to be encouraged to self-classify against a wider range of diversity characteristics including a means of defining a socio-economic background.

The Judicial Diversity Statistics are published annually and are available through this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/diversity-of-the-judiciary-2020-statistics

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of applicants to the magistracy were from Black, Asian or minority ethnic communities in each of the last five years; and what comparative assessment he has made of the the success rates of those applicants and other applicants in being appointed to the magistracy in the last five years.

Members of the Recruitment and Attraction Steering Group (who are involved in the working groups) are magistrates and lay members of Advisory Committees in each region who were appointed following an Expression of Interest exercise. Diversity data for the Steering Group Members is not separately collated. Other working group members are comprised of officials from MoJ, HMCTS and Judicial Office and we do not separately collate their diversity data for this specific role.

The Judicial Office collate the diversity data of magistrates. Currently, diversity data of applicants to the magistracy is not collated as it is not mandatory for prospective applicants to provide this information. The Magistrates Recruitment and Attraction programme is developing a new recruitment system that will capture diversity data of applicants throughout the application process. The diversity data of appointed magistrates are published in the Judicial Diversity Statistics.

Leadership roles within the magistracy, including those within the Magistrates’ Leadership Executive, are undertaken by appointed magistrates. Leadership roles are openly advertised to all magistrates and filled through either an Expression of Interest exercise or following local selection processes. Diversity data of those who hold leadership roles is not separately collated.

The Judicial Office does not collate socio-economic data of new magistrates. The Judicial Diversity Statistics sets out data on magistrates’ ethnicity, age and gender. By March 2021, the aim is for all Judicial office holders to be encouraged to self-classify against a wider range of diversity characteristics including a means of defining a socio-economic background.

The Judicial Diversity Statistics are published annually and are available through this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/diversity-of-the-judiciary-2020-statistics

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of leadership magistrates are from BAME communities; and what steps have been taken to encourage magistrates from BAME communities to apply for those positions.

Members of the Recruitment and Attraction Steering Group (who are involved in the working groups) are magistrates and lay members of Advisory Committees in each region who were appointed following an Expression of Interest exercise. Diversity data for the Steering Group Members is not separately collated. Other working group members are comprised of officials from MoJ, HMCTS and Judicial Office and we do not separately collate their diversity data for this specific role.

The Judicial Office collate the diversity data of magistrates. Currently, diversity data of applicants to the magistracy is not collated as it is not mandatory for prospective applicants to provide this information. The Magistrates Recruitment and Attraction programme is developing a new recruitment system that will capture diversity data of applicants throughout the application process. The diversity data of appointed magistrates are published in the Judicial Diversity Statistics.

Leadership roles within the magistracy, including those within the Magistrates’ Leadership Executive, are undertaken by appointed magistrates. Leadership roles are openly advertised to all magistrates and filled through either an Expression of Interest exercise or following local selection processes. Diversity data of those who hold leadership roles is not separately collated.

The Judicial Office does not collate socio-economic data of new magistrates. The Judicial Diversity Statistics sets out data on magistrates’ ethnicity, age and gender. By March 2021, the aim is for all Judicial office holders to be encouraged to self-classify against a wider range of diversity characteristics including a means of defining a socio-economic background.

The Judicial Diversity Statistics are published annually and are available through this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/diversity-of-the-judiciary-2020-statistics

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are taken to ascertain the socio-economic background of new magistrates; and if he will publish the data on that measure.

Members of the Recruitment and Attraction Steering Group (who are involved in the working groups) are magistrates and lay members of Advisory Committees in each region who were appointed following an Expression of Interest exercise. Diversity data for the Steering Group Members is not separately collated. Other working group members are comprised of officials from MoJ, HMCTS and Judicial Office and we do not separately collate their diversity data for this specific role.

The Judicial Office collate the diversity data of magistrates. Currently, diversity data of applicants to the magistracy is not collated as it is not mandatory for prospective applicants to provide this information. The Magistrates Recruitment and Attraction programme is developing a new recruitment system that will capture diversity data of applicants throughout the application process. The diversity data of appointed magistrates are published in the Judicial Diversity Statistics.

Leadership roles within the magistracy, including those within the Magistrates’ Leadership Executive, are undertaken by appointed magistrates. Leadership roles are openly advertised to all magistrates and filled through either an Expression of Interest exercise or following local selection processes. Diversity data of those who hold leadership roles is not separately collated.

The Judicial Office does not collate socio-economic data of new magistrates. The Judicial Diversity Statistics sets out data on magistrates’ ethnicity, age and gender. By March 2021, the aim is for all Judicial office holders to be encouraged to self-classify against a wider range of diversity characteristics including a means of defining a socio-economic background.

The Judicial Diversity Statistics are published annually and are available through this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/diversity-of-the-judiciary-2020-statistics

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on the (a) age and (b) ethnic diversity of the magistracy of raising the compulsory age of retirement for magistrates.

The Impact Assessment and Equality Statement, published as part of our Judicial Mandatory Retirement Age consultation, outlined our assessment of the potential effects of our proposals to raise the mandatory retirement age for judicial office holders, including magistrates. Our analysis suggests that raising the mandatory retirement age could help to retain valuable judicial resource and expertise but that there could be a small impact on the diversity growth of the magistracy. We anticipate that any adverse impact will be offset by our ongoing work to recruit more diverse magistrates.

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the attrition rate of staff at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service has been in each of the last five years.

12 months to

Nov 2016

Nov 2017

Nov 2018

Nov 2019

Nov 2020

Attrition rate

9.2%

9.9%

10.2%

11.7%

10.6%

The methodology used to calculate the attrition rate is:

(Total annual leavers [12 months]/Average annual headcount [12 months])*100

The % are calculated using permanent and FTC staff headcount figures for on strength staff only.

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service earn below £24,000 per annum.

As at 31 October 2020, the proportion of HMCTS staff, whose full-time equivalent salary is presently below £24,000, is 71.2% equating to 11,542 people.

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff by (a) court and (b) pay band are employed by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent from the public purse on replacing lost prison keys in each year since 2010.

Security is paramount within prisons and it is important that the risk of any potential key compromise is addressed as quickly as possible in order to protect the public. When a key/lock incident is reported an immediate investigation is undertaken to assess the risk and unless it is clear that security has not been compromised, locking mechanisms and keys will be replaced and/or other necessary remedial action will be taken.

The cost of a relock will depend upon the size of the prison establishment and on which keys have been lost or compromised. If a complete set of keys are lost, a full relock of the prison will be undertaken, whereas if a single key is lost only a partial relock will be needed, incurring a lower cost.

We hold contingency funding for key/lock incidents and the cost is met from individual Prison Group directorate budgets. The costs of relocks within private sector prisons are met in full by the private contractors at nil cost to the public purse.

The table below reflects the cost of full and partial relocks to the public purse each year since 2010.

Time Frame

Total Cost to the public purse (excluding VAT)

2010 - 2011

£337,552

2011 - 2012

0

2012 - 2013

0

2013 - 2014

£28,812

2014 - 2015

£46,396

2015 - 2016

£117,212

2016 - 2017

0

2017 - 2018

£441,649

2018- 2019

0

2019 - 2020

£344,456

2020- 04 December 2020

£2,821

Notes

1. Figures include re-locks arising from loss of keys and where keys have been forcibly taken from staff.

2. The figures quoted have been drawn from live administrative databases and may subsequently be amended. Due care is taken during processing and analysis, but the detail is subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of replacing lost prison keys in each year since 2010.

Security is paramount within prisons and it is important that the risk of any potential key compromise is addressed as quickly as possible in order to protect the public. When a key/lock incident is reported an immediate investigation is undertaken to assess the risk and unless it is clear that security has not been compromised, locking mechanisms and keys will be replaced and/or other necessary remedial action will be taken.

The cost of a relock will depend upon the size of the prison establishment and on which keys have been lost or compromised. If a complete set of keys are lost, a full relock of the prison will be undertaken, whereas if a single key is lost only a partial relock will be needed, incurring a lower cost.

We hold contingency funding for key/lock incidents and the cost is met from individual Prison Group directorate budgets. The costs of relocks within private sector prisons are met in full by the private contractors at nil cost to the public purse.

The table below reflects the cost of full and partial relocks to the public purse each year since 2010.

Time Frame

Total Cost to the public purse (excluding VAT)

2010 - 2011

£337,552

2011 - 2012

0

2012 - 2013

0

2013 - 2014

£28,812

2014 - 2015

£46,396

2015 - 2016

£117,212

2016 - 2017

0

2017 - 2018

£441,649

2018- 2019

0

2019 - 2020

£344,456

2020- 04 December 2020

£2,821

Notes

1. Figures include re-locks arising from loss of keys and where keys have been forcibly taken from staff.

2. The figures quoted have been drawn from live administrative databases and may subsequently be amended. Due care is taken during processing and analysis, but the detail is subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Preventing Future Death reports have been submitted by coroners to NHS trusts since 2013.

Coroners have a duty under regulations 28 and 29 of the Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013 to send the Chief Coroner their Prevention of Future Deaths (PFD) reports and the responses to them. These are uploaded to the Chief Coroner’s website under a number of categories. 1,447 PFD reports have been posted under the category of “Hospital Death (Clinical Procedures and medical management) related deaths”, since 2013. These however include PFD reports that were issued to private hospitals and will not include any reports issued to NHS Trusts for deaths in the community. Determining how many of the PFD reports were to NHS trusts alone could only be done at disproportionate cost.

The full list of PFD reports since 2013 can be accessed online at: https://www.judiciary.uk/subject/prevention-of-future-deaths/

13th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) domestic violence case applicants and (b) sexual violence case applicants have applied for exceptional case funding in the last five years; and how many of those applicants have been successful.

Representation to obtain a protective injunction, or in family law matters where there is a history of violence, is available within the existing scope of the legal aid scheme, subject to eligibility criteria.

Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) exists to provide for cases which would not ordinarily be covered by the legal aid scheme. To qualify for ECF, applicants must meet the ECF criteria as set out in LASPO and described in the Lord Chancellor’s funding guidance. They must also be financially eligible for legal aid and their case must meet the merits criteria to qualify.

Any data on applications for ECF in cases of this type could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many specialist domestic violence courts have been in operation in each of the last 10 years.

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) does not hold data on how many Specialist Domestic Violence Courts (SDVC) have been in operation in each one of the last 10 years.

12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the annual cost is of running specialist domestic violence courts.

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), does not hold information on the annual cost of running Specialist Domestic Violence Courts (SDVCs) as the cost is shared across Criminal Justice Agencies and other stakeholders.

3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many social service referrals were made to the family courts in each of the last 12 months.

Data on the number of referrals made by local authorities to the family courts is not held.

Information relating to the number of children involved in applications made under Parts IV and V of the Children Act 1989 to the family courts is published by the Ministry of Justice on a quarterly basis. Such applications would routinely be made by a local authority, but the Act provides that applications may also be made by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, or another person authorised by order of the Secretary of State to make an application.

The table below details the latest published statistics on the number of children involved in such applications.

Local authorities may also apply to the family courts for forced marriage protection orders (under the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007) and for female genital mutilation protection orders (under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003). Details of the number of such local authority applications made in the 12 months from July 2019 to June 2020 are included in the table below.

The latest Family Courts Statistics Quarterly publication can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-court-statistics-quarterly-april-to-june-2020

Order type:

Quarter 3- July -September 2019

Quarter 4- October – December 2019

Quarter 1- January- March 2020

Quarter 2- April- June 2020

Local Authority Care or Accommodation: Care (or substitute supervision for care) Secure accommodation

5,856

123

5,706

129

5,627

121

5,926

94

Local Authority Supervision or Assessment:

Supervision order

Authority to refuse contact with a child in care

Education supervision

Education supervision - extension

Child assessment order

660

95

22

0

18

589

95

9

0

33

602

121

6

0

17

654

78

2

0

20

Emergency Protection:

Emergency protection

Emergency protection - extend or discharge

Warrant to assist emergency protection

327

15

0

377

20

0

329

9

0

289

6

0

Forced marriage Protection Orders (application made by relevant 3rd party i.e. Local Authority).

56

44

46

12

Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (application made by relevant 3rd party i.e. Local Authority).

17

15

12

4

12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many external consultants have been employed to help implement temporary courts during the covid-19 outbreak.

No external consultants have been employed and no contracts have been awarded for the specific purpose of implementing temporary Nightingale courts.

The project to implement temporary Nightingale courts has been administered by an in-house team of HMCTS project and programme staff. While the project is in-house, HMCTS has engaged the services of Cushman and Wakefield - Commercial Real Estate Services to a value of approximately £43k to provide specialist support in negotiating licences for hire venues.

These additional hearing venues are being rapidly set up by HMCTS to alleviate the pressure on courts and tribunals resulting from the pandemic

HMCTS has published an update on their response to covid-19 in the criminal courts in England and Wales (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/court-and-tribunal-recovery-update-in-response-to-coronavirus). This provides a comprehensive update on our recovery plans and includes details about Nightingale courts.

12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on external consultants employed to implement temporary courts during the covid-19 outbreak to date.

No external consultants have been employed and no contracts have been awarded for the specific purpose of implementing temporary Nightingale courts.

The project to implement temporary Nightingale courts has been administered by an in-house team of HMCTS project and programme staff. While the project is in-house, HMCTS has engaged the services of Cushman and Wakefield - Commercial Real Estate Services to a value of approximately £43k to provide specialist support in negotiating licences for hire venues.

These additional hearing venues are being rapidly set up by HMCTS to alleviate the pressure on courts and tribunals resulting from the pandemic

HMCTS has published an update on their response to covid-19 in the criminal courts in England and Wales (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/court-and-tribunal-recovery-update-in-response-to-coronavirus). This provides a comprehensive update on our recovery plans and includes details about Nightingale courts.

12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which companies have been awarded contracts to provide consultancy services to help implement temporary courts during the covid-19 outbreak.

No external consultants have been employed and no contracts have been awarded for the specific purpose of implementing temporary Nightingale courts.

The project to implement temporary Nightingale courts has been administered by an in-house team of HMCTS project and programme staff. While the project is in-house, HMCTS has engaged the services of Cushman and Wakefield - Commercial Real Estate Services to a value of approximately £43k to provide specialist support in negotiating licences for hire venues.

These additional hearing venues are being rapidly set up by HMCTS to alleviate the pressure on courts and tribunals resulting from the pandemic

HMCTS has published an update on their response to covid-19 in the criminal courts in England and Wales (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/court-and-tribunal-recovery-update-in-response-to-coronavirus). This provides a comprehensive update on our recovery plans and includes details about Nightingale courts.

12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the planned timescale is for publishing the report by the Prison and Probation Ombudsman on the death of two babies in prisons.

The PPO’s final investigation reports into deaths are only published after an inquest has taken place. Reports are not published in advance of the inquest to avoid any possibility of influencing the verdict.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) has advised me that she has concluded the independent investigation into the death of a baby at HMP Bronzefield and will shortly issue a draft report to the mother, the prison and the healthcare providers for fact checking, as well as to the coroner for information. A final report will then be produced and sent to the same stakeholders.

She has also advised that the independent investigation into the death of a baby at HMP Styal is ongoing, and that a timescale for publication of the report will not be available until its conclusion.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place a copy in the Library of the equalities impact assessment of the changes to custody time limits in the crown court.

The Equalities Impact Statement is publicly available on gov.UK: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/953/pdfs/uksipes_20200953_en.pdf

12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) composition and (b) remit is of the Scrutiny Panel set up to deal with racial disparity in the youth justice system.

The Race and Ethnicity Board, chaired by Ministry of Justice, oversees all work on reducing race and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system for both children and adults. This board is designed to hold to account policy makers and agencies responsible for tackling disproportionality.

A range of other groups exist at local and national level to provide scrutiny and oversight of racial disparity in the youth justice system, sometimes as part of a broader focus on a particular area of practice or broader focus on equalities across the system.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what targets his Department has set for recruiting Black and ethnic minority staff to the prison service; and what progress his Department has made on achieving those targets.

In response to recommendation 28 of the Lammy Review 2017, HMPPS committed to a target of 14% of all staff recruited being from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background by December 2020.

The latest published workforce statistics evidences information on recruitment diversity statistics. The following outcomes have been identified:

  • All Prison Officer Entry Levels: BAME candidates made up 18.2% of applicants and 11.0% of formal offers accepted between July 2018 and June 2020. These proportions varied over the quarters ranging from 14.5% to 29.9% for applicants, and 7.1% to 17.6% for offers formally accepted.

­- Public Sector Prison Officers: BAME candidates made up 17.4% of applicants and 10.7% of formal offers accepted between July 2018 and June 2020. These proportions varied over the quarters ranging from 12.0% to 25.2% for applicants and 7.1% to 17.2% for offers accepted.

­- Youth Custody Services Prison Officers: BAME candidates made up 31.9% of applicants and 22.7% of formal offers accepted over the whole period.

  • Officer Support Grades: BAME candidates made up 18.8% of applicants and 12.6% of formal offers accepted, with large variations between the quarters.

While the proportion of prison staff from diverse backgrounds is gradually rising, we recognise we must continue to do more. We continue to work hard to increase diversity in our prison workforce by ensuring we are listening and acting on the views of staff, making adjustments to selection processes to address any areas of disparity and targeting our efforts on areas which may not have a representative workforce.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the reforms made by Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

We continue to keep the provisions of the legislation under review. The Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) was announced on 31st July; the independent Panel of experts is examining whether there is a need to reform judicial review.

29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any recent (a) arrangements have been entered into and (b) contracts signed to provide for electronic tagging.

On the 13th May 2020 PQ42887 provided details of the new contracts that had been signed to deliver additional electronic tagging capacity for the End of Custody Temporary Release scheme in place during the Covid-19 outbreak.

On the 18th May 2020, the Ministry of Justice agreed a contract with Alcohol Monitoring Services Ltd for the provision of monitoring hardware and data analysis services. The contract was let in support of new legislation which came into force on the 19th May 2020 to allow for the roll out of the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement across England and Wales which will begin shortly.

The contract was awarded through an appropriate existing public framework

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff have (a) been taken to and (b) required ventilation in hospital as a result of covid-19.

As of 31 August 2020, 68 prison staff had either been taken to hospital following a reported diagnosis of Covid-19 or had subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 in hospital.

This number includes staff not directly employed by HMPPS but who work within the prison such as healthcare and maintenance staff and includes staff in privately manged prisons. The number also includes some staff who were taken to hospital for non-COVID reasons and then subsequently tested positive in hospital.

The origins of the virus will often come from prison officers returning to the community, and we work hard to minimise the import of it into the prison estate.

We do not hold the figures on the number of the staff who required ventilation.

These figures have been drawn from the HMPPS COVID-19 data collection. Care is taken when processing and analysing returns, but the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system particularly where data is self-reported.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information he uses to measure the backlog of cases in civil and county courts.

The information requested is not held centrally.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the backlog of cases in civil and county courts.

The information requested is not held centrally.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil trials listed to be heard before county and civil courts excluding the High Court were outstanding as of 23 September 2020.

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding civil trials were listed to be heard before the High Court as of 23 September 2020.

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding civil hearings excluding trials were listed to be heard before county and civil courts excluding the High Court as of 23 September 2020.

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding civil hearings excluding trials were listed to be heard before the High Court as of 23 September 2020.

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to appoint a reviewer of closed material procedures.

I note the Hon. Member’s interest and indeed that of other Members in this matter, and would seek to provide assurances that discussions are taking place on establishing the statutory review, which will be brought forward as soon as possible.

22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to confirm a reviewer of closed material procedures in post.

I note the Hon. Member’s interest and indeed that of other Members in this matter, and would seek to provide assurances that discussions are taking place on establishing the statutory review, which will be brought forward as soon as possible.

22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has implemented the review of Closed Material Procedures in accordance with the statutory duty under the Justice and Security Act 2013.

I note the Hon. Member’s interest and indeed that of other Members in this matter, and would seek to provide assurances that discussions are taking place on establishing the statutory review, which will be brought forward as soon as possible.

22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 4 April 2019 to Question 240976, whether his Department made an announcement in relation to a review of the operation of sections 6 to 11 of the Justice and Security Act 2013.

I note the Hon. Member’s interest and indeed that of other Members in this matter, and would seek to provide assurances that discussions are taking place on establishing the statutory review, which will be brought forward as soon as possible.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of violence against prison officers have been recorded in each of the last 10 years.

The number of recorded cases of violence against prison staff is published as part of the Safety in Custody statistics, the figures for each of the last ten years are provided below:

2010 - 2,848

2011 - 3,132

2012 - 2,987

2013 - 3,266

2014 - 3,640

2015 - 4,963

2016 - 6,844

2017 - 8,417

2018 - 10,203

2019 - 10,033

Figures for the first quarter of 2020, up until the end of March, show there were 2,290 incidents of violence against prison staff, a decrease of 4% from the previous quarter.

Violence against our hardworking prison officers is unacceptable, and we work closely with the police and Crown Prosecution Service to bring the perpetrators to justice. Additionally, our new Assaults on Emergency Workers Act means that those who attack them can expect an additional 12 months behind bars.

We are also giving officers PAVA pepper spray and body-worn cameras to make their jobs safer, as well as access to post incident care teams, occupational health support and counselling for those who need it. More widely, we are spending £100 million to bolster prison security, clamping down on the weapons, drugs and mobile phones that fuel violence and crime behind bars. This will fund tough airport-style security, body scanners and phone-blocking technology.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of illegal substance misuse have been record in English and Welsh prisons in each year since 2010.

The number of individual cases of illegal substance misuse is not recorded, however, data and information on drug testing is routinely published and is available on the link below. Data on drugs tests in 2020/21 will be published in due course.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-annual-digest-april-2019-to-march-2020

Illicit substances pose significant challenges in our prisons which is why we have developed a comprehensive drugs strategy which provides prisons with guidance and examples of good practice to support them tackling drugs.

A crucial part of this strategy is the use of drug testing as it provides us with robust evidence on the prevalence of drug misuse and can be used to support security measures, identify and signpost into drug treatment, monitor treatment compliance and act as an incentive to engage in treatment and recovery.

We are also supporting prisons with £100 million of investment in additional airport-style security, including x-ray body scanners, designed to stop drugs entering prisons in the first place.

These measures are part of our wider investment to make jails safer, while working closely with healthcare providers to ensure prisoners have the support they need to live free of the influence of drugs upon release.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) private and (b) public proceedings in family courts have been attended in person by parties litigant in each of the last ten years.

While a party to private or public law court proceedings may not be legally represented, they may have previously received legal advice.

The Department does not collect information on litigants in person in the family courts. This information could only be obtained from analysis of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

However, an indication of self-representation in family cases is identified in the case management systems used by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service by the legal representation field being left blank. By focusing on cases with at least one hearing, the parties with no legal representative recorded give an approximation to the information requested. This is provided in the attached table which covers the year 2011 to 2019.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of employment tribunals have been attended by parties litigant in each of the last 10 years.

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The term “litigant in person” (“party litigant” in Scotland) applies to Claimants without a legal representative. In the Employment Tribunal any person may be permitted to act as a representative, including a friend or relative.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of proceedings before the (a) First-Tier Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and (b) Upper-Tier Immigration and Asylum Tribunal were attended by parties litigant in each of the last 10 years.

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The term “litigant in person” (“party litigant” in Scotland) applies to appellants without a legal representative. In the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) any person may be permitted to act as a representative, including an immigration advisor, friend, relative or litigation friend. The case management system cannot provide a statistical breakdown between different types of representative.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of proceedings before the First-Tier Social Entitlement Chamber were attended by parties litigant in each of the last 10 years.

The information requested is not held centrally.

The term “litigant in person” (“party litigant” in Scotland) applies to appellants without a legal representative. In the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber (SEC) any person may be permitted to act as a representative, including a friend or a relative.

The case management systems used in the tribunals of the SEC (Social Security and Child Support; Criminal Injuries Compensation; and Asylum Support) cannot provide a breakdown between different types of representative.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women have been released from prison without a confirmed permanent address in the last 12 months.

The latest available and validated data for the accommodation status of women released from prison up to March 2020 are published at the following link under Table 11: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-update-to-march-2020.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children have been released from custody without a confirmed permanent address in the last 12 months.

Decisions on accommodation for children under the age of 18 who leave custody are taken at local level, so this data is not held centrally by MoJ. Local Authority-led Youth Offending Teams work closely with young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children’s homes on accommodation arrangements so that any issues can be identified and resolved as early as possible before release. Arrangements for the child or young person’s accommodation are reviewed at regular intervals and in addition to the statutory ‘Duty To Refer’ requirements, local protocols have been developed to allow for cases of particular concern to be escalated within the relevant local authority. The Local Authority has a duty to accommodate children upon their release from custody.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the rule of law and negotiations on the UK's future relationship with the EU.

The Lord Chancellor speaks frequently with Cabinet colleagues on a range of matters. The Lord Chancellor remains committed to the Rule of Law, and through the Ministerial Code, all Ministers are required to consider their obligations against the overarching duty to comply with the law. The statement published on 10 September sets out the government’s legal position in relation to specific clauses in the UK Internal Market Bill.

The Government, as a whole, continues to pursue negotiations on the UK's future relationship with the EU and concluded the 8th round of negotiations on 10 September. Our position remains unchanged; we want a relationship with the EU which is based on friendly cooperation between sovereign equals and centred on free trade.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of number of suspected offenders who were likely to be released early without the custody time limit extension.

Temporary legislation has been introduced to extend the length of the Custody Time Limit in the Crown Court by 56 days for 9 months. It does not apply retrospectively and defendants retain the right to apply for bail. The decision to release a defendant on bail is one taken by our independent Judiciary based on the specific circumstances of the case. There is therefore, no reliable statistic that answers this question.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many jury trials were outstanding in each of the last 12 months.

The table below provides the number of outstanding trial cases at the Crown Court by month, between March 2019 and March 2020.

Year

Month

Outstanding trial cases at the Crown Court

2019

Mar

25,360

Apr

25,925

May

26,140

Jun

26,341

Jul

26,728

Aug

27,185

Sep

27,272

Oct

28,155

Nov

28,629

Dec

29,403

2020

Jan

30,179

Feb

31,019

Mar

31,686

March 2020 is the latest period for which National Statistics broken down by type of case are published in England and Wales. National Statistics for the period to June 2020 will be published on September 24, 2020.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the cases in the crown court backlog by type of case.

The volume of outstanding cases at the Crown Court is published by case type as part of the National Statistics bulletin Criminal Court Statistics Quarterly.

The latest published data is available to March 2020.

National Statistics for the period to June 2020 will be published on September 24, 2020.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much revenue has been raised by the court closure programme in the last 10 years.

Since 2010, £322m has been raised from the sale of surplus court and tribunal buildings. Since 2015 sale proceeds totalling £211m have been reinvested as part of the HMCTS reform programme.

The closure of any court is not taken lightly – it only happens following full public consultation. We have been clear that courts have only closed where they were underused, dilapidated or too close to one another.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the reduction in court capacity as a result of court closures in the last 10 years.

Since 2010, the permanent court and tribunal estate has reduced from a total of 605 operational court and tribunal buildings to 330 operational court and tribunal buildings.

The closure of any court is not taken lightly – it only happens following full public consultation. We have been clear that courts have only closed where they were underused, dilapidated or too close to one another and in each case, we have only agreed to close the court where sufficient capacity existed in other nearby courts to accommodate the work of the closing courts.

HMCTS has published an update on their response to Covid-19 in the criminal courts in England and Wales (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/court-and-tribunal-recovery-update-in-response-to-coronavirus). This includes details on the use of Nightingale courts and our plans to open additional locations.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which contractors have received tenders from his Department in the last 12 months.

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The name of each contractor which has submitted a bid on a running tender is not held centrally.

The MoJ will consider each contractor bid within the necessary criteria and award the tender based on the most suitable candidate to provide the required goods or service, ensuring value for money.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released in error in each of the last 10 years.

A release in error may occur from prison or from court. A prisoner is released in error if they are released earlier than their correct release date. They will be unlawfully at large until they are returned to custody, unless they are subsequently released correctly.

Releases in error are rare and the vast majority are returned to custody very quickly. We work closely with the police to recapture offenders at large and investigate each of these incidents thoroughly to see what lessons can be learned.

Please find below the number of prisoners released in error in England and Wales, since 2010. The data is the 12 months ending March 2010 to 12 months ending March 2020.

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

68

63

42

44

50

49

64

72

66

62

50

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of violence against court staff have been recorded in each of the last 10 years.

HMCTS takes the safety and security of its staff very seriously. Court and tribunal buildings, the policy and operating procedures in place across the organisation, and training programmes are all designed to ensure a safe working environment. There are specific controls in place to manage the risks faced by court and tribunal staff.

The data available on instances of physical violence against court and tribunal staff goes back to 2013-14. Before that, data was not systematically recorded. For the seven-year period for which we have data, the number of incidents of violence towards HMCTS court staff totals 171. This is broken down between financial years as follows:

2019-20 - 35

2018-19 - 30

2017-18 - 18

2016-17 - 26

2015-16 - 26

2014-15 - 19

2013-14 - 17

16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to publish the pay award for prison officers following the recommendations made by the Prison Service Pay Review Body.

The Government’s response to the recommendations made by the Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB) was announced by Written Ministerial Statement today (Tuesday 21 July 2020). The announcement confirms the pay award for operational prison staff for 2020/21.

The full report and recommendations made by the PSPRB have also been published online. The WMS and report can be found here – (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2020-07-21/HCWS408/).

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it remains his Department's policy to maintain virtual court hearings as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Audio and video technology has long played a role in the court room – they are not a new phenomenon. In response to the current pandemic, HMCTS have increased the capacity for telephone and video hearings so that participants can join hearings remotely where appropriate. Audio and video hearings provide an additional channel for progressing a case, and the decision to hold a hearing this way is for the judge, panel or magistrate, taking into account the needs of the parties and the nature of the hearing.

Our scaled-up audio and video capability includes more BT MeetMe teleconferencing accounts and the roll-out of virtual rooms, via a cloud video platform, to all jurisdictions. Separately, as part of the £1bn HMCTS reform programme, we are testing a bespoke video hearings service that will support court users before and during a hearing.

We will continue to provide options for the use of audio and video technology in hearings and their use will remain subject to judicial discretion.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the covid-19 risk assessments for each building used by HMCTS.

Our organisational risk assessment, which has been published on gov.uk, gives an overview of our assessment of risks across the organisation and details the safety measures in place. We constantly monitor the arrangements in all our buildings to ensure that they continue to meet the standards required - in doing this, we adopt a structured approach, using a local assessment tool.

Across HMCTS we have a range of workplaces with differing requirements and this provides a flexible framework for managers to effectively assess the risks and manage the safety measures for individual buildings. The tool helps to ensure that potential risks are constantly monitored, that swift action can be taken where necessary, and that anything significant that can’t be resolved quickly at local level is promptly escalated.

The local assessments are dynamic documents that are updated regularly. It is important that we are always able to provide the most up to date information about the safety measures in place for any specific building. To this end, and to ensure that people have the most up to date information, we are not publishing local assessments online as they are rapidly changing. We are, however, providing electronic copies of them to court and tribunal users on request. We ask that requests are made locally, to individual sites across our estate.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to convert empty public buildings into temporary courts to tackle the backlog of cases as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to my answer of 16 June, to Question 56017.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) officials are looking at how we make the best possible use of the existing estate, as well as creating more capacity. This means considering whether any recently closed courts which are still owned by HMCTS are suitable for reopening, and identifying alternative spaces to further extend provision.

We are looking at a range of venues that may be appropriate. Any additional capacity will need to meet standards for safety and security and be compliant with Covid-19 public health guidance

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to tackle the backlog of cases in Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Courts as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

COVID-19 has been an unprecedented challenge for the criminal justice system, but we have kept courts open and cases flowing through the system throughout. The UK has been a global leader and we are ahead of comparable systems, keeping our system open and functioning throughout COVID-19. The most time-critical hearings have continued to take place in the Magistrates’ Courts, including hearings where the defendant is in custody or there is a risk to the public, as well as dealing with applications to extend custody time limits.

In the Crown Court, whilst jury trials were paused we kept the system moving, disposing of over 5,000 cases. Jury trials were restarted on 18 May, and by mid-July all courts will have reopened. This has all been enabled through significantly increased use of technology, with over 6,500 cases heard remotely, and with close collaboration and joint working with partners and stakeholders across the criminal justice system.

There is more we need to do and HMCTS are pursuing an ambitious plan to continue to increase capacity, including increasing the use of video and audio enabled justice via a national rollout of Cloud Video Platform (CVP), expanded opening hours, and exploring ways to gain additional court capacity. This will all be set out in more detail in a Courts Recovery Plan which will be published soon.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure effective communication between prisoners and their lawyers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Alongside the closure of courts, the Government suspended all but exceptional visits to prisons in March. This was to ensure the safety of both prisoners and our staff through the pandemic.

Despite the absence of physical visits, prisoners do maintain the right to access legal advice, and we have looked to ensure that prisoners have continued to have the tools to make contact with their legal representatives via telephone, video link or written correspondence.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic we have enhanced the capability of prison videoconferencing facilities, particularly to support priority court work such as sentencing hearings and prisoners approaching their parole hearing dates. We have made use of the additional 1,250 mobile phones issued to prisons without in-cell telephony in order to facilitate private conversations with legal advisors, alongside encouraging Governors to ensure prisoners can have conversations with their representatives in confidence.

We are also taking steps to increase the available capacity of video conferencing across the estate through increased operating hours to include longer hours during the weekdays, and at some locations on Saturdays. This will sit alongside renewed guidance to all governors on the importance of making sure that adequate time for legal advice is made available to prisoners where possible.

Alongside this work, we are increasing the physical number of video link outlets at some critical sites where capacity is limited, as well as to support specialist courts including Youth and women’s prisons, together with the re-purposing of some unused spaces within prisons for more video link capacity.

Over the coming weeks, we are also looking to resume face-to-face access, where possible, in line with the easing of Government restrictions and advice from Public Health England. Advice to governors will be published as part of the National Framework.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date he plans to enable legal practitioners to (a) attend Her Majesty’s Prisons and (b) take effective instructions from their clients.

Alongside the closure of courts, the Government suspended all but exceptional visits to prisons in March. This was to ensure the safety of both prisoners and our staff through the pandemic.

Despite the absence of physical visits, prisoners do maintain the right to access legal advice, and we have looked to ensure that prisoners have continued to have the tools to make contact with their legal representatives via telephone, video link or written correspondence.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic we have enhanced the capability of prison videoconferencing facilities, particularly to support priority court work such as sentencing hearings and prisoners approaching their parole hearing dates. We have made use of the additional 1,250 mobile phones issued to prisons without in-cell telephony in order to facilitate private conversations with legal advisors, alongside encouraging Governors to ensure prisoners can have conversations with their representatives in confidence.

We are also taking steps to increase the available capacity of video conferencing across the estate through increased operating hours to include longer hours during the weekdays, and at some locations on Saturdays. This will sit alongside renewed guidance to all governors on the importance of making sure that adequate time for legal advice is made available to prisoners where possible.

Alongside this work, we are increasing the physical number of video link outlets at some critical sites where capacity is limited, as well as to support specialist courts including Youth and women’s prisons, together with the re-purposing of some unused spaces within prisons for more video link capacity.

Over the coming weeks, we are also looking to resume face-to-face access, where possible, in line with the easing of Government restrictions and advice from Public Health England. Advice to governors will be published as part of the National Framework.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to prioritise cases in which a person on remand has a Custody Time Limit that (a) has expired and (b) is about to expire.

HMCTS is working closely with the Judiciary and criminal justice agencies to ensure that cases that need to be prioritised can be. The introduction of emergency legislation enabling the courts to make greater use of audio and video technology for any preliminary hearings where appropriate, has ensured that priority cases, including custody cases, have been heard.

The prioritisation of cases and trials is a judicial decision and the senior judiciary has issued the following guidance:

https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Note-on-Listing-Magistrates-SPJ-DSPJ-14.04.20-FINAL.pdf

https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/27032020_Protocol-for-CTL-cases_FINAL-signed-1.pdf

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many violent crimes in England and Wales have been disposed of by way of a community resolution order in (a) 2020 to date and (b) each of the last five years.

The Home Office publishes data on police recorded outcomes including Community Resolutions. This is available up to the year ending December 2019.

A link to the data can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crime-outcomes-in-england-and-wales-statistics

The number of recorded Community Resolution outcomes by year, grouped by offence, in England and Wales, is as follows:

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Offence group

Possession of weapons offences

1082

1058

1758

2093

1644

Sexual offences

603

617

648

633

502

Violence against the person

42185

38420

36514

35054

30134

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sexual crimes in England and Wales have been disposed of by way of a community resolution order in (a) 2020 to date and (b) each of the last five years.

The Home Office publishes data on police recorded outcomes including Community Resolutions. This is available up to the year ending December 2019.

A link to the data can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crime-outcomes-in-england-and-wales-statistics

The number of recorded Community Resolution outcomes by year, grouped by offence, in England and Wales, is as follows:

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Offence group

Possession of weapons offences

1082

1058

1758

2093

1644

Sexual offences

603

617

648

633

502

Violence against the person

42185

38420

36514

35054

30134

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many weapons offences England and Wales have been disposed of by way of a community resolution order in (a) 2020 to date and (b) each of the last five years.

The Home Office publishes data on police recorded outcomes including Community Resolutions. This is available up to the year ending December 2019.

A link to the data can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crime-outcomes-in-england-and-wales-statistics

The number of recorded Community Resolution outcomes by year, grouped by offence, in England and Wales, is as follows:

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Offence group

Possession of weapons offences

1082

1058

1758

2093

1644

Sexual offences

603

617

648

633

502

Violence against the person

42185

38420

36514

35054

30134

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the 2,000 electronic tags cost for the End of Custody Temporary Release scheme.

In March, prisons were facing a significant challenge to minimise the impact of COVID-19 due to offenders living in close proximity and typically sharing cells. Without action, Public Health England (PHE) expected the infection curve would occur faster in prisons than in the general population and subsequently create earlier demand for hospital intervention. PHE advised that action was necessary to avoid thousands of prisoners, including children in custody, becoming infected and overwhelming local NHS services. Given the unpredictable nature of the situation, a range of measures were introduced to provide a variety of tools that could be used to a greater or lesser extent depending on how the outbreak developed.

The early release schemes were one element of that approach to containing the spread of the virus in prisons. We have also worked to reduce numbers on remand, created extra cells, limited prisoner movements and jails have implemented ‘compartmentalisation’, meaning staff have isolated those prisoners with symptoms, shielded the vulnerable and quarantined new arrivals. These measures have helped to contain the spread of the virus and limit deaths significantly, compared to initial estimates.

In considering early releases, the priority of HM Prison and Probation Service has been to put the safety of the public first which is why offenders must meet strict eligibility criteria and pass a risk assessment to be released early.

Our upper estimate for the number of prisoners eligible was 4,000, based solely on the sentences that prisoners were serving. Electronic monitoring is a fundamental part of the scheme which helps us to ensure public safety so it is essential that we had tags available for every prisoner released early. This is why we acquired 2,000 electronic monitoring tags at a cost of £3,775,000.

Releases under the scheme continue and we are considering alternative uses for tags elsewhere in the criminal justice system in support of our ambition to make full use of the benefits of electronic monitoring technology.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what access prisoners have to educational resources during the lockdown due to the covid-19 outbreak.

In accordance with advice from Public Health England (PHE) and in order to keep all staff and prisoners safe, temporary measures have been introduced during the pandemic to restrict prison regimes and cease all non-essential activities involving groups of people. This includes education.

We are, however, investing in measures to improve the time prisoners are spending in their cells, support family contact, and incentivise good behaviour. We have worked collaboratively with our Prison Education Framework (PEF) and Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) providers to develop and provide learning materials, in cell activity packs and learning packs for as many prisoners as possible. We continue to work with local providers on the development and delivery of additional support materials to meet new and emerging needs.

In Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) and Secure Training Centres (STCs) the pandemic has meant the schedule of daily activities in establishments has had to be adjusted to minimise infection risk and protect children and staff. Education is currently being delivered in small groups in Secure Children’s Homes (SCHs), Oakhill STC, and Parc YOI, whilst adhering to physical distancing principles - and through provision and assessment education packs for those in other establishments.

The latest National Framework for Prison Regimes and Services was released on 2 June and provides a conditional roadmap towards how prisons will operate whilst COVID-19 remains a threat. Where certain activities can resume such as education services, we should expect them to do so with considerable restrictions and adaptations in the interests of safety, although we will look for innovative ways to deliver them. The Framework was published on GOV.UK and can be accessed via the following link;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-national-framework-for-prison-regimes-and-services

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been incarcerated across the prison estate in each year since 2000.

The information requested is in the table below. The table provides prison population figures taken from 30 June every year between 2000-2019 and the current prison population as of 29 May 2020.

Prison population per year from 2000 to 2020

Date (from 30th June every year)

Prison Population

2000

65,194

2001

66,403

2002

71,218

2003

73,657

2004

74,488

2005

76,190

2006

77,982

2007

79,734

2008

83,194

2009

83,391

2010

85,002

2011

85,374

2012

86,048

2013

83,842

2014

85,509

2015

86,193

2016

85,134

2017

85,863

2018

82,773

2019

82,710

2020 (29 May 2020)

80,032

The information from the table can be found at:

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were reported of violence committed by prisoners against prison staff in each month of (a) 2019 and (b) 2020 to date.

The number of cases of reported violence committed by prisoners against prison staff in each month are published as part of the Safety in Custody statistics, a summary of the figures for 2019 is provided below:

January – 835

February – 841

March – 863

April – 868

May – 894

June – 855

July – 857

August – 834

September – 771

October – 844

November – 763

December – 770

These figures have been drawn from the HMPPS Incident Reporting System. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Although the figures are shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level.

The figures for January to March 2020 are not yet available and will be published on July 30th.

Our prison staff work incredibly hard, and we do not underestimate the challenges they face. We will continue to with the police and Crown Prosecution Service to ensure prosecutions of those who assault them. We also provide post incident care teams, occupational health support and counselling for those who need it.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many covid-19 (a) infections and (b) deaths have taken place in each prison in England and Wales.

The Government has put robust measures in place to protect staff and offenders from COVID-19 and introduce ‘compartmentalisation’, to isolate those prisoners with symptoms, shield the vulnerable and quarantine new arrivals.

Overall, prisons are seeing a decline in the numbers of new cases. The data in the table below shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases broken down by prison as of Friday 12 June 2020. These figures reflect the total number of recorded positive cases of COVID-19 since the first confirmed cases in mid-March, not the number of live cases. It includes individuals that have recovered.

The numbers reported will be affected by a number of variables, including the availability of testing locally which can result in differences between sites and regions and as self-reported (for staff) through HMPPS management lines for central collation. As figures are as reported by prisons they may be subject to revision.

To date the Ministry of Justice has not collected data on asymptomatic prisoners and staff as it is not the government policy to test asymptomatic cases.

Establishment

Staff Cases

Prisoner Cases

Total Number of Cases by Establishment

Altcourse

24

15

39

Ashfield

0

0

0

Askham Grange

4

0

4

Aylesbury

~

0

~

Bedford

6

~

~

Belmarsh

12

7

19

Berwyn

33

40

73

Birmingham

22

~

~

Brinsford

22

5

27

Bristol

~

0

~

Brixton

0

~

~

Bronzefield

6

~

~

Buckley Hall

~

~

5

Bullingdon

~

0

~

Bure

~

0

~

Cardiff

24

22

46

Channings Wood

15

9

24

Chelmsford

10

~

~

Coldingley

5

~

~

Cookham Wood

~

~

~

Dartmoor

~

~

4

Deerbolt

8

~

~

Doncaster

12

8

20

Dovegate

8

~

~

Downview

4

0

4

Drake Hall

25

41

66

Durham

46

4

50

East Sutton Park

0

0

0

Eastwood Park

~

0

~

Elmley

5

0

5

Erlestoke

~

~

~

Exeter

0

0

0

Featherstone

~

~

5

FelthamA

~

~

~

FelthamB

6

~

~

Ford

~

~

~

Forest Bank

4

5

9

Foston Hall

~

~

~

Frankland

12

~

~

Full Sutton

6

0

6

Garth

7

0

7

Gartree

25

9

34

Grendon

0

0

0

Guys Marsh

0

0

0

Hatfield

~

~

5

Haverigg

~

6

~

Hewell

37

9

46

High Down

14

~

~

Highpoint

12

~

~

Hindley

10

~

~

Hollesley Bay

~

~

~

Holme House

23

17

40

Hull

~

0

~

Humber

41

10

51

Huntercombe

~

~

5

Isis

4

6

10

Isle of Wight

~

0

~

Kirkham

5

~

~

Kirklevington Grange

~

0

~

Lancaster Farms

~

0

~

Leeds

4

~

~

Leicester

6

5

11

Lewes

~

0

~

Leyhill

0

0

0

Lincoln

~

4

~

Lindholme

10

0

10

Littlehey

9

6

15

Liverpool

20

~

~

Long Lartin

~

~

5

Low Newton

0

~

~

Lowdham Grange

~

0

~

Maidstone

~

~

~

Manchester

19

20

39

Medway (Adult)

0

0

0

Moorland

~

~

~

New Hall

~

5

~

North Sea Camp

~

0

~

Northumberland

14

~

~

Norwich

6

0

6

Nottingham

~

0

~

Oakwood

25

19

44

Onley

16

7

23

ParcA

~

0

~

ParcB

4

7

11

Pentonville

15

4

19

Peterborough Female

0

0

0

Peterborough Male

16

~

~

Portland

0

0

0

Prescoed

4

~

~

Preston

43

16

59

Ranby

7

5

12

Risley

20

16

36

Rochester

0

0

0

Rye Hill

6

~

~

Send

~

0

~

Stafford

5

0

5

Stanford Hill

0

~

~

Stocken

4

~

~

Stoke Heath

~

4

~

Springhill

0

~

~

Styal

~

0

~

Sudbury

~

~

4

Swaleside

~

0

~

Swansea

10

12

22

Swinfen Hall

5

6

11

Thameside

4

10

14

The Mount

9

5

14

The Verne

~

0

~

Thorn Cross

~

0

~

Usk

13

16

29

Wakefield

~

~

6

Wandsworth

~

11

~

Warren Hill

0

0

0

Wayland

0

0

0

Wealstun

~

0

~

Werrington

0

0

0

Wetherby

~

0

~

Whatton

0

~

~

Whitemoor

10

6

16

Winchester

23

~

~

Woodhill

23

0

23

Wormwood Scrubs

14

6

20

Wymott

14

15

29

Total estate wide

963

495

1458

The symbol ~ denotes suppressed values of 3 or fewer (and totals that would allow values of 3 or fewer to be calculated) to avoid the risk of identifying individuals.

*Data is split between Feltham A and Feltham B to account for different age groups

**Data is split between Parc A and B to account for different age groups

***Data is split for male and female sites at Peterborough

The tables below show the number of prisoners and prison staff who have sadly died having tested positive for COVID-19 or having shown symptoms. It is a matter for coroners to determine a cause of death. The data in the tables is correct as of Friday 12 June 2020.

Establishment

Number of prisoner deaths

HMP/YOI Altcourse

2

HMP/YOI Bedford

1

HMP/YOI Belmarsh

1

HMP Berwyn

1

HMP Channings Wood

2

HMP Durham

1

HMP Gartree

1

HMP Leicester

1

HMP Littlehey

3

HMP/YOI Low Newton

1

HMP/YOI Manchester

1

HMP/YOI New Hall

1

HMP Oakwood

1

HMP/YOI Peterborough

1

HMP Rye Hill

1

HMP/YOI Sudbury

1

HMP Usk

1

HMP Whatton

1

HMP Winchester

1

Total

23

Establishment

Number of prison staff deaths

HMP Dovegate

1

HMP/YOI Hollesley Bay

1

HMP/YOI Manchester

1

HMP/YOI Pentonville

2

HMP Thameside

1

HMP Usk

1

HMP/YOI Wymott

2

Total

9

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of new prison officers have left the profession within (a) one year, (b) two years and (c) three years of joining that profession.

Since 2016, we have recruited around 4,000 new prison officers who have worked through unprecedented challenges to protect prisoners and the public.

A larger workforce means more leavers, but we are working hard to retain staff with better pay, additional training to progress their careers, and significant investment in tools to keep them safe. All staff have access to services including 24/7 counselling, and occupational health assessments. In addition, there is work being undertaken directly with Governors to address local issues that will support experienced staff and new recruits to remain in the service.

The attached table includes proportion of Band 3-5 leavers.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for legal aid have been made to the Legal Aid Agency in each month in 2020; and how many of those applications have been successful.

Information was recently released to answer PQs 42892 & 42893 for the calendar year 2019.

At the time of writing the Legal Aid Agency’s most recent quarterly National Statistics publication covers up to and including the third quarter of the financial year 2019/2020. Data for January – March 2020 inclusive is scheduled to be released on 25 June 2020 at which time monthly breakdowns of the information sought will be available upon request.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/legal-aid-statistics

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the Legal Aid Agency has assessed that legal aid has been overpaid to a provider in each month in 2020.

Information was recently released to answer PQs 42892 & 42893 for the calendar year 2019.

At the time of writing the Legal Aid Agency’s most recent quarterly National Statistics publication covers up to and including the third quarter of the financial year 2019/2020. Data for January – March 2020 inclusive is scheduled to be released on 25 June 2020 at which time monthly breakdowns of the information sought will be available upon request.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/legal-aid-statistics

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many tests for covid-19 his Department has supplied to (a) prisoners and (b) prison officers who have presented as being asymptomatic.

The Government has put robust measures in place to protect staff and offenders from COVID-19 and introduce ‘compartmentalisation’, to isolate those prisoners with symptoms, shield the vulnerable and quarantine new arrivals.

Overall, prisons are seeing a decline in the numbers of new cases. The data in the table below shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases broken down by prison as of Friday 12 June 2020. These figures reflect the total number of recorded positive cases of COVID-19 since the first confirmed cases in mid-March, not the number of live cases. It includes individuals that have recovered.

The numbers reported will be affected by a number of variables, including the availability of testing locally which can result in differences between sites and regions and as self-reported (for staff) through HMPPS management lines for central collation. As figures are as reported by prisons they may be subject to revision.

To date the Ministry of Justice has not collected data on asymptomatic prisoners and staff as it is not the government policy to test asymptomatic cases.

Establishment

Staff Cases

Prisoner Cases

Total Number of Cases by Establishment

Altcourse

24

15

39

Ashfield

0

0

0

Askham Grange

4

0

4

Aylesbury

~

0

~

Bedford

6

~

~

Belmarsh

12

7

19

Berwyn

33

40

73

Birmingham

22

~

~

Brinsford

22

5

27

Bristol

~

0

~

Brixton

0

~

~

Bronzefield

6

~

~

Buckley Hall

~

~

5

Bullingdon

~

0

~

Bure

~

0

~

Cardiff

24

22

46

Channings Wood

15

9

24

Chelmsford

10

~

~

Coldingley

5

~

~

Cookham Wood

~

~

~

Dartmoor

~

~

4

Deerbolt

8

~

~

Doncaster

12

8

20

Dovegate

8

~

~

Downview

4

0

4

Drake Hall

25

41

66

Durham

46

4

50

East Sutton Park

0

0

0

Eastwood Park

~

0

~

Elmley

5

0

5

Erlestoke

~

~

~

Exeter

0

0

0

Featherstone

~

~

5

FelthamA

~

~

~

FelthamB

6

~

~

Ford

~

~

~

Forest Bank

4

5

9

Foston Hall

~

~

~

Frankland

12

~

~

Full Sutton

6

0

6

Garth

7

0

7

Gartree

25

9

34

Grendon

0

0

0

Guys Marsh

0

0

0

Hatfield

~

~

5

Haverigg

~

6

~

Hewell

37

9

46

High Down

14

~

~

Highpoint

12

~

~

Hindley

10

~

~

Hollesley Bay

~

~

~

Holme House

23

17

40

Hull

~

0

~

Humber

41

10

51

Huntercombe

~

~

5

Isis

4

6

10

Isle of Wight

~

0

~

Kirkham

5

~

~

Kirklevington Grange

~

0

~

Lancaster Farms

~

0

~

Leeds

4

~

~

Leicester

6

5

11

Lewes

~

0

~

Leyhill

0

0

0

Lincoln

~

4

~

Lindholme

10

0

10

Littlehey

9

6

15

Liverpool

20

~

~

Long Lartin

~

~

5

Low Newton

0

~

~

Lowdham Grange

~

0

~

Maidstone

~

~

~

Manchester

19

20

39

Medway (Adult)

0

0

0

Moorland

~

~

~

New Hall

~

5

~

North Sea Camp

~

0

~

Northumberland

14

~

~

Norwich

6

0

6

Nottingham

~

0

~

Oakwood

25

19

44

Onley

16

7

23

ParcA

~

0

~

ParcB

4

7

11

Pentonville

15

4

19

Peterborough Female

0

0

0

Peterborough Male

16

~

~

Portland

0

0

0

Prescoed

4

~

~

Preston

43

16

59

Ranby

7

5

12

Risley

20

16

36

Rochester

0

0

0

Rye Hill

6

~

~

Send

~

0

~

Stafford

5

0

5

Stanford Hill

0

~

~

Stocken

4

~

~

Stoke Heath

~

4

~

Springhill

0

~

~

Styal

~

0

~

Sudbury

~

~

4

Swaleside

~

0

~

Swansea

10

12

22

Swinfen Hall

5

6

11

Thameside

4

10

14

The Mount

9

5

14

The Verne

~

0

~

Thorn Cross

~

0

~

Usk

13

16

29

Wakefield

~

~

6

Wandsworth

~

11

~

Warren Hill

0

0

0

Wayland

0

0

0

Wealstun

~

0

~

Werrington

0

0

0

Wetherby

~

0

~

Whatton

0

~

~

Whitemoor

10

6

16

Winchester

23

~

~

Woodhill

23

0

23

Wormwood Scrubs

14

6

20

Wymott

14

15

29

Total estate wide

963

495

1458

The symbol ~ denotes suppressed values of 3 or fewer (and totals that would allow values of 3 or fewer to be calculated) to avoid the risk of identifying individuals.

*Data is split between Feltham A and Feltham B to account for different age groups

**Data is split between Parc A and B to account for different age groups

***Data is split for male and female sites at Peterborough

The tables below show the number of prisoners and prison staff who have sadly died having tested positive for COVID-19 or having shown symptoms. It is a matter for coroners to determine a cause of death. The data in the tables is correct as of Friday 12 June 2020.

Establishment

Number of prisoner deaths

HMP/YOI Altcourse

2

HMP/YOI Bedford

1

HMP/YOI Belmarsh

1

HMP Berwyn

1

HMP Channings Wood

2

HMP Durham

1

HMP Gartree

1

HMP Leicester

1

HMP Littlehey

3

HMP/YOI Low Newton

1

HMP/YOI Manchester

1

HMP/YOI New Hall

1

HMP Oakwood

1

HMP/YOI Peterborough

1

HMP Rye Hill

1

HMP/YOI Sudbury

1

HMP Usk

1

HMP Whatton

1

HMP Winchester

1

Total

23

Establishment

Number of prison staff deaths

HMP Dovegate

1

HMP/YOI Hollesley Bay

1

HMP/YOI Manchester

1

HMP/YOI Pentonville

2

HMP Thameside

1

HMP Usk

1

HMP/YOI Wymott

2

Total

9

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates there are in England and Wales, and what proportion of magistrates are from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background.

As at 1st April 2019, there were 14,348 magistrates in England and Wales. Approximately 12% (1,653) identified themselves as from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background. This data is published in the annual Judicial Diversity Statistics.

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions have been secured in England and Wales for new offences under the Coronavirus Act 2020; and how many of those offences have been successfully appealed.

National Statistics on convictions for the first and second quarter of 2020 are due for publication in August and November 2020, with detailed offence level data for the whole of 2020 planned for publication in May 2021. Our statisticians are currently considering what suitable data from court management information systems could be gathered and prioritised for quality assurance and publication before then related to Covid-19 impacts, including potentially convictions for offences under the act. They will notify users through regular statistical publications.

11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) directly and (b) non-directly employed HMPPS staff are currently (i) working from home, (ii) furloughed or (iii) attending the workplace, by grade; and if he will make a statement.

HMPPS is committed to the principle of maintaining social distancing and regular hand hygiene to protect staff and those in our care from COVID-19.

In HMPPS HQ, nearly all staff are working from home and able to carry out their usual duties. Only a small handful of staff continue to go into work where absolutely necessary. The vast majority of operational staff in prisons, however, continue to attend the workplace – for these staff we are providing PPE where appropriate. In probation, most offenders are being supervised remotely, enabling most probation staff to work remotely. Some probation staff will be required to attend the workplace for face-to-face appointments with the most complex and high-risk offenders. No HMPPS staff have been furloughed.

We are unable to provide data on the total number of HMPPS staff working from home (as this is collected by exception), nor can we provide data broken down by grade or by direct/non-direct employment status.

However, we are able to provide the total number of public sector prison and probation staff who are working from home and unable fulfil all of their usual duties outside of their usual place of work. The following table provides that information as at 8 May and also a breakdown of those staff as a proportion of our overall headcount of directly employed staff, and split for key operational grades.

HMPPS Service area

Total staff1

Proportion of total staff in post (headcount)

Staff at key operational grades2

Proportion of key operational grade staff in post (headcount)

Public sector prison staff including Youth Offender Institutes (directly employed staff only)

130

less than 1%

20

less than 1%

National Probation Service staff including Approved Premises

1280

11%

960

11%

Total

1400

3%

980

3%

Source: HMPPS COVID-19 absences data collection

1 Numbers may not sum due to rounding

2 Key operational grades refer to:

Prisons: Operational Support and Band 3-5 Prison Officers

National Probation Service: Residential workers and case administrators (approved Premises) Band 3-5 Probation Officers (NPS and Approved Premises)

Data Sources & Quality

These figures have been drawn from the HMPPS COVID-19 data collection. Care is taken when processing and analysing returns but the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Although shown to the last case, the figures may not be accurate to that level. This data has been self-reported and has not yet been checked against our central databases.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) directly and (b) non-directly employed staff in his Department are currently (i) working from home, (ii) furloughed or (iii) attending the workplace, by grade; and if he will make a statement.

The Ministry of Justice is made up of HMCTS, HMPPS, an HQ, executive agencies and departmental ALBs. The figures below show all civil servants in this category excluding HMCTS and HMPPS. The majority of staff are working from home (approximated to 100%, as per the table below). A small number go into offices where there is a business need or because of personal circumstances, however this figure changes day-by-day. None have been furloughed.

MOJ (excluding HMPPS and HMCTS) payroll staff as at 30th April 2020

Senior Civil Servant

167

G7/G6

1,355

SEO

1,483

HEO (inc Fast Streamers)

1,361

EO

1,537

AO

1,692

AA

87

Not Known

39

Total

7,721

The figures below show non-payroll staff, who are non-directly employed. These include agency staff, interim managers, specialist contractors and consultants. The majority of staff are working from home (approximated to 100%, as per the table below). A small number go into offices where there is a business need or because of personal circumstances, however this figure changes day-by-day. None have been furloughed.

MOJ (excluding HMPPS and HMCTS) non-payroll staff as at 31st March 2020

Non-payroll staff

371

Non-payroll staff are not assigned to civil service grades, so the total is provided only.

11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) directly and (b) non-directly employed HMCTS staff are currently (i) working from home, (ii) furloughed or (iii) attending the workplace, by grade; and if he will make a statement.

Our workforce is working in exceptional circumstances to keep the justice system running. We are committed to supporting our key worker staff by enabling them to work from home, work flexible hours or maintain social distancing in a physical location.

HMCTS has 18,973 staff (including permanent, Fixed Term Contract and Agency and Contractors) of which, as at 13 May 2020 a) the number of directly employed staff in HMCTS who are furloughed is Zero (i) 5293 staff (28%) are working from home (ii) 8303 staff (43%) are attending the workplace.

The number of non-directly employed agency HMCTS staff as at 30 Apr 2020 is 2383 of which 753 agency workers are currently fully/part furloughed. There are 495 agency workers who are fully furloughed. Therefore, of the overall agency headcount we have 38.3% of the overall agency headcount either fully/part furloughed and the fully furloughed equates to 20.77% of the overall agency headcount are furloughed.

We do not distinguish between our agency and directly employed staff in our data collection so the agency figures for working from home and attending the workplace are included in the overall figures provided above

We have also provided a breakdown of staff working from home by grade, however, we are not able to provide the same breakdown by grade for those attending the workplace. This is because our data collection is by exception rather than on all staff; i.e. we record the details of staff who fall into specific categories of work such as working from home or absence and then calculate the number attending the workplace by deducting all of the various work and absence categories from our overall headcount figure. Please note that all data provided is administrative data.

Admin Data - Working from Home by Grade as at 13 May 2020

Row Labels

Working from Home Headcount

% of total Working From Home

SCS

62

1%

Band A

434

8%

Band B

886

17%

Band C (& Fast Streamers)

593

11%

Band D

983

19%

Band E

1569

30%

Band F

45

1%

Not known

250

5%

Contractors

471

9%

Total

5293

6th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications have been made to the Legal Aid Agency hardship fund in each of the last six months; and what the average amount was paid to successful applicants.

The LAA is working to ensure it can continue to support the legal support sector, helping them maintain access to justice to their vulnerable clients. Details of what financial relief may be available for practitioners facing cashflow problems can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/financial-relief-for-legal-aid-practitioners.

Historically, the LAA received a very low number of applications for payments made on grounds of hardship, usually numbering between 20 and 30 per year. As each claim was considered individually, the precise details of those claims processed over the last six months could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MoJ have brought in regulation changes which substantially lower the thresholds at which a hardship claim can be submitted. As a result of the increase in claims anticipated by these amendments, these claims are now being more closely monitored. These regulation changes were introduced on 1st May, and therefore data in this capacity will be generated going forward, as such claims are received.

We will continue to work with the sector to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are provided with the representation and support they need through our legal aid system.

4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released because they have come to the end of their sentence and were known to be going to no fixed abode in (a) February, (b) March and (c) April 2020.

The data on the number of prisoners released without a fixed address in February and March is due to be published on gov.uk on 30 July as part of the quarterly community performance statistics. The data for April 2020 is not yet available but is due for publication in July 2021.

It is vital that everyone leaving prison has somewhere safe and secure to live, as a platform to access the services and support needed to stop offending especially at this difficult time. It is our intention to make sure that no prisoner will be released without housing and health support being in place and we have set up seven Homelessness Prevention Taskforces to provide accommodation support for those eligible for early release and those in the community experiencing accommodation difficulties. We are also working in collaboration with several public, private and voluntary sector providers to secure a range of accommodation options.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many instances of self-harm by prisoners have been recorded in (a) February, (b) March and (c) April 2020.

Data about self-harm in prisons in England and Wales is published quarterly. The most recent figures, up to December 2019, can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2019. Figures for January to March 2020 will be published on 30 July, and figures for April to June on 29 October.

Self-harm remains a huge concern. This is why we must continue to make prisons safer and ensure prisoners can access the support they need.

We have refreshed our partnership with the Samaritans by awarding a grant of £500,000 each year until 2021. This supports the specialist Listeners scheme, through which selected prisoners are trained to provide emotional support to their fellow prisoners.

We are also improving the effectiveness of the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork procedures to better support those at risk of harming themselves.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) men and (b) women in prison have died by suicide in (i) January, (ii) February, (iii) March and (iv) April 2020.

The numbers of self-inflicted deaths in the first three months of 2020 are set out below. Figures for April 2020 are not available yet; they will be published on 30 July.

MenWomen
January 202060
February 202030
March 202040

These figures are provisional. Other deaths where we are awaiting further information may later be classified as self-inflicted.

Too many prisoners are taking their own lives. That is one of the reasons we introduced the key worker scheme in 2018, supported by the recruitment of extra prison officers, so that every offender can get dedicated support and have someone to talk to.

We have given over 25,000 staff better training to identify and support those at risk of suicide and self-harm, and we are improving the effectiveness of the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork process to support those at risk. We are also investing an extra £2.75 billion to modernise prisons, combat drug use and improve the environment in which offenders live.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) men and (b) women in prison have died from natural causes that may have been exacerbated by contracting covid-19.

We are working hard to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the prison system as part of the national plan to protect the NHS and save lives. In our prisons and in the community, we are implementing a range of measures to reduce the spread of the transmission of the virus and the numbers of lives sadly lost.

As of 5pm on Tuesday, 12 May, we are aware of 19 men and 2 women in prison and 8 men and 2 women under probation supervision who have died from natural causes that may have been exacerbated by contracting COVID-19.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) men and (b) women under probation supervision have died from natural causes that may have been exacerbated by contracting covid-19.

We are working hard to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the prison system as part of the national plan to protect the NHS and save lives. In our prisons and in the community, we are implementing a range of measures to reduce the spread of the transmission of the virus and the numbers of lives sadly lost.

As of 5pm on Tuesday, 12 May, we are aware of 19 men and 2 women in prison and 8 men and 2 women under probation supervision who have died from natural causes that may have been exacerbated by contracting COVID-19.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff have been tested for covid-19 to date.

On 24 April, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, announced the rollout of COVID-19 testing for all essential workers and symptomatic members of their household, including prison staff, those working in Approved Premises (APs) and probation staff (including private sector service providers) in England. We have referred over 3,000 HMPPS staff for testing to date.

In Wales, testing for prison, AP and probation staff and symptomatic members of their household is being delivered through local resilience forum arrangements and through Local Health Boards.

For prisoners, tests will be conducted on symptomatic prisoners on site. The testing capacity and availability can vary between establishments, depending on local circumstances at the time.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ethnic background is of prisoners who have (a) tested positive for covid-19 and (b) died due to covid-19.

The Ministry of Justice is following Public Health England (PHE) advice on the shielding of vulnerable staff members and service-users. We are currently considering the risk posed to staff and service-users from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as part of our steadfast commitment to safety, as well as our duty of care to our staff and those in our custody.

We do collect data on the ethnic background of prisoners who have a) tested positive for COVID-19 and (b) died due to COVID-19. We also collect data on prison and probation staff who have died due to COVID-19, though this does not include contractors other than employees of private prisons.

The Ministry of Justice recognises the need to capture ethnicity data and has built this into elements of the current reporting requirements. While we do collect self-reported test results from staff members, we are still in the process of linking this data to our HR records in order to assess it by protected characteristics, including ethnicity. The Ministry of Justice will continue to review COVID-19 data collection and how it can be built on and refined in line with General Data Protection Regulation and data protection legislation.

The data in the table below is correct as of 5pm on Tuesday, 12 May.

Ethnic background

Prisoners

Staff

Confirmed cases

Deaths

Confirmed Cases

Deaths

Prison

Probation

White British

314

19

N/K

4

1

Black British

33

1

N/K

3

0

Asian/Asian British

35

1

N/K

0

0

Mixed/other/unrecorded

22

0

N/K

0

3*

Total

404

21

N/K

7

4

*Agency staff information not available.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ethnic background is of (a) prison and (b) probation staff who have (i) tested positive for covid-19 and (b) died due to covid-19.

The Ministry of Justice is following Public Health England (PHE) advice on the shielding of vulnerable staff members and service-users. We are currently considering the risk posed to staff and service-users from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as part of our steadfast commitment to safety, as well as our duty of care to our staff and those in our custody.

We do collect data on the ethnic background of prisoners who have a) tested positive for COVID-19 and (b) died due to COVID-19. We also collect data on prison and probation staff who have died due to COVID-19, though this does not include contractors other than employees of private prisons.

The Ministry of Justice recognises the need to capture ethnicity data and has built this into elements of the current reporting requirements. While we do collect self-reported test results from staff members, we are still in the process of linking this data to our HR records in order to assess it by protected characteristics, including ethnicity. The Ministry of Justice will continue to review COVID-19 data collection and how it can be built on and refined in line with General Data Protection Regulation and data protection legislation.

The data in the table below is correct as of 5pm on Tuesday, 12 May.

Ethnic background

Prisoners

Staff

Confirmed cases

Deaths

Confirmed Cases

Deaths

Prison

Probation

White British

314

19

N/K

4

1

Black British

33

1

N/K

3

0

Asian/Asian British

35

1

N/K

0

0

Mixed/other/unrecorded

22

0

N/K

0

3*

Total

404

21

N/K

7

4

*Agency staff information not available.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what new contracts have been signed to deliver additional electronic tagging capacity for the temporary release scheme during the covid-19 outbreak.

We have been working with our existing suppliers to ensure we have the equipment required for the End of Custody Temporary Release (ECTR) scheme and have also signed two new contracts to deliver additional electronic tagging capacity.

An agreement was signed on 7th April 2020 with Buddi Ltd and on 22nd April 2020 with Attenti EM UK to provide 2000 electronic monitoring tags between them.

Both contracts are for 6 months duration with the provision to extend by a further 18 months if required. The services of these suppliers were contracted using the government’s existing Digital Marketplace G-Cloud framework and both have extensive UK and international experience in providing electronic monitoring technology.

We are considering alternative uses for tags not required for the ECTR scheme.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to identify the number of (a) chambers and (b) solicitors firms facing financial difficulties due to the covid-19 outbreak.

We have maintained ongoing engagement with key representative bodies including the Law Society, Bar Council and other practitioner groups to identify the scale of the financial difficulties experienced across the legal services sector. This approach has enabled us to evaluate how the financial support from the Treasury is assisting the wider industry.

We have recently changed the rules around hardship payments, so that criminal legal aid practitioners can access payment for completed work sooner in a large number of additional cases, assisting the sector to continue operations during the crisis. We are also considering the wider issues relating to civil and criminal legal aid sustainability.

Our immediate priority is to enable workflow across the sector so that chambers and solicitors firms operate at increased capacity as soon as is practicable.

4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential number of (a) chambers and (b) solicitors firms that will cease trading in the next (i) six months and (ii) twelve months due to financial pressures caused by the covid-19 outbreak.

We have maintained ongoing engagement with key representative bodies including the Law Society, Bar Council and other practitioner groups to identify the scale of the financial difficulties experienced across the legal services sector. This approach has enabled us to evaluate how the financial support from the Treasury is assisting the wider industry.

We have recently changed the rules around hardship payments, so that criminal legal aid practitioners can access payment for completed work sooner in a large number of additional cases, assisting the sector to continue operations during the crisis. We are also considering the wider issues relating to civil and criminal legal aid sustainability.

Our immediate priority is to enable workflow across the sector so that chambers and solicitors firms operate at increased capacity as soon as is practicable.

4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications have been made for legal aid to the Legal Aid Agency in each of the last 12 months; and what proportion of those applications were successful.

Applications for civil legal aid, January – December 2019

Month

Applications volumes

Applications successful

Proportion successful (%)

Jan-2019

9,710

9,011

93%

Feb-2019

9,441

8,736

93%

Mar-2019

10,573

9,822

93%

Apr-2019

9,919

9,185

93%

May-2019

10,577

9,807

93%

Jun-2019

9,652

8,994

93%

Jul-2019

11,337

10,548

93%

Aug-2019

9,861

9,181

93%

Sep-2019

9,762

9,079

93%

Oct-2019

11,341

10,523

93%

Nov-2019

10,262

9,518

93%

Dec-2019

8,615

8,033

93%

Applications for criminal legal aid, January – December 2019

Month

Volume of applications

Volume granted

Proportion successful (%)

Jan

28,209

27,174

96%

Feb

24,337

23,450

96%

Mar

26,075

25,215

97%

Apr

24,309

23,511

97%

May

26,705

25,765

96%

Jun

24,147

23,306

97%

Jul

27,035

26,188

97%

Aug

23,920

23,191

97%

Sep

23,633

22,901

97%

Oct

26,325

25,556

97%

Nov

23,923

23,153

97%

Dec

20,781

20,119

97%

Note: some applications classed as ‘unsuccessful’ may have been rejected for administrative reasons, as opposed to being refused for not meeting relevant eligibility criteria. An application may be refused due to a lack of merit in the case and/or the applicant not qualifying for public funding financially.

Identification and recovery of overpayments to providers, January – December 2019:

No. of Payment Errors

% of overall claims where error found

No. of Recoveries

% of errors where recovery made

% of £ paid in error recovered

Jan-19

1,631

1.37%

1611

98.77%

99.72%

Feb-19

1,263

1.00%

1244

98.50%

99.64%

Mar-19

1,307

1.02%

1291

98.78%

99.69%

Apr-19

1,186

0.82%

1167

98.40%

98.62%

May-19

737

0.49%

721

97.83%

98.52%

Jun-19

1,077

0.74%

1059

98.33%

99.21%

Jul-19

748

0.50%

733

97.99%

99.57%

Aug-19

574

0.39%

553

96.34%

99.59%

Sep-19

1047

0.75%

1026

97.99%

99.20%

Oct-19

1,539

1.02%

1519

98.70%

99.83%

Nov-19

845

0.56%

818

96.80%

99.42%

Dec-19

993

0.72%

977

98.39%

99.63%

These figures refer to errors concerning either the submission or assessment of claims.

A list of all legal aid providers holding a contract to deliver services can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/directory-of-legal-aid-providers. This can be filtered to show those providers holding a criminal legal aid contract only.

Whilst we hold robust data for individual self-employed advocates, they are generally paid directly by the Legal Aid Agency via their own individual legal aid account number, rather than via any chambers they may be tenanted at. Self-employed advocates also receive their instructions from the contract-holding solicitor with conduct of the matter, rather than via a contract with the Legal Aid Agency.

4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the Legal Aid Agency has assessed that legal aid has been overpaid to a provider in each of the last 12 months.

Applications for civil legal aid, January – December 2019

Month

Applications volumes

Applications successful

Proportion successful (%)

Jan-2019

9,710

9,011

93%

Feb-2019

9,441

8,736

93%

Mar-2019

10,573

9,822

93%

Apr-2019

9,919

9,185

93%

May-2019

10,577

9,807

93%

Jun-2019

9,652

8,994

93%

Jul-2019

11,337

10,548

93%

Aug-2019

9,861

9,181

93%

Sep-2019

9,762

9,079

93%

Oct-2019

11,341

10,523

93%

Nov-2019

10,262

9,518

93%

Dec-2019

8,615

8,033

93%

Applications for criminal legal aid, January – December 2019

Month

Volume of applications

Volume granted

Proportion successful (%)

Jan

28,209

27,174

96%

Feb

24,337

23,450

96%

Mar

26,075

25,215

97%

Apr

24,309

23,511

97%

May

26,705

25,765

96%

Jun

24,147

23,306

97%

Jul

27,035

26,188

97%

Aug

23,920

23,191

97%

Sep

23,633

22,901

97%

Oct

26,325

25,556

97%

Nov

23,923

23,153

97%

Dec

20,781

20,119

97%

Note: some applications classed as ‘unsuccessful’ may have been rejected for administrative reasons, as opposed to being refused for not meeting relevant eligibility criteria. An application may be refused due to a lack of merit in the case and/or the applicant not qualifying for public funding financially.

Identification and recovery of overpayments to providers, January – December 2019:

No. of Payment Errors

% of overall claims where error found

No. of Recoveries

% of errors where recovery made

% of £ paid in error recovered

Jan-19

1,631

1.37%

1611

98.77%

99.72%

Feb-19

1,263

1.00%

1244

98.50%

99.64%

Mar-19

1,307

1.02%

1291

98.78%

99.69%

Apr-19

1,186

0.82%

1167

98.40%

98.62%

May-19

737

0.49%

721

97.83%

98.52%

Jun-19

1,077

0.74%

1059

98.33%

99.21%

Jul-19

748

0.50%

733

97.99%

99.57%

Aug-19

574

0.39%

553

96.34%

99.59%

Sep-19

1047

0.75%

1026

97.99%

99.20%

Oct-19

1,539

1.02%

1519

98.70%

99.83%

Nov-19

845

0.56%

818

96.80%

99.42%

Dec-19

993

0.72%

977

98.39%

99.63%

These figures refer to errors concerning either the submission or assessment of claims.

A list of all legal aid providers holding a contract to deliver services can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/directory-of-legal-aid-providers. This can be filtered to show those providers holding a criminal legal aid contract only.

Whilst we hold robust data for individual self-employed advocates, they are generally paid directly by the Legal Aid Agency via their own individual legal aid account number, rather than via any chambers they may be tenanted at. Self-employed advocates also receive their instructions from the contract-holding solicitor with conduct of the matter, rather than via a contract with the Legal Aid Agency.

4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the Legal Aid Agency has been successful in seeking repayment of overpaid legal aid to a provider in each of the last 12 months.

Applications for civil legal aid, January – December 2019

Month

Applications volumes

Applications successful

Proportion successful (%)

Jan-2019

9,710

9,011

93%

Feb-2019

9,441

8,736

93%

Mar-2019

10,573

9,822

93%

Apr-2019

9,919

9,185

93%

May-2019

10,577

9,807

93%

Jun-2019

9,652

8,994

93%

Jul-2019

11,337

10,548

93%

Aug-2019

9,861

9,181

93%

Sep-2019

9,762

9,079

93%

Oct-2019

11,341

10,523

93%

Nov-2019

10,262

9,518

93%

Dec-2019

8,615

8,033

93%

Applications for criminal legal aid, January – December 2019

Month

Volume of applications

Volume granted

Proportion successful (%)

Jan

28,209

27,174

96%

Feb

24,337

23,450

96%

Mar

26,075

25,215

97%

Apr

24,309

23,511

97%

May

26,705

25,765

96%

Jun

24,147

23,306

97%

Jul

27,035

26,188

97%

Aug

23,920

23,191

97%

Sep

23,633

22,901

97%

Oct

26,325

25,556

97%

Nov

23,923

23,153

97%

Dec

20,781

20,119

97%

Note: some applications classed as ‘unsuccessful’ may have been rejected for administrative reasons, as opposed to being refused for not meeting relevant eligibility criteria. An application may be refused due to a lack of merit in the case and/or the applicant not qualifying for public funding financially.

Identification and recovery of overpayments to providers, January – December 2019:

No. of Payment Errors

% of overall claims where error found

No. of Recoveries

% of errors where recovery made

% of £ paid in error recovered

Jan-19

1,631

1.37%

1611

98.77%

99.72%

Feb-19

1,263

1.00%

1244

98.50%

99.64%

Mar-19

1,307

1.02%

1291

98.78%

99.69%

Apr-19

1,186

0.82%

1167

98.40%

98.62%

May-19

737

0.49%

721

97.83%

98.52%

Jun-19

1,077

0.74%

1059

98.33%

99.21%

Jul-19

748

0.50%

733

97.99%

99.57%

Aug-19

574

0.39%

553

96.34%

99.59%

Sep-19

1047

0.75%

1026

97.99%

99.20%

Oct-19

1,539

1.02%

1519

98.70%

99.83%

Nov-19

845

0.56%

818

96.80%

99.42%

Dec-19

993

0.72%

977

98.39%

99.63%

These figures refer to errors concerning either the submission or assessment of claims.

A list of all legal aid providers holding a contract to deliver services can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/directory-of-legal-aid-providers. This can be filtered to show those providers holding a criminal legal aid contract only.

Whilst we hold robust data for individual self-employed advocates, they are generally paid directly by the Legal Aid Agency via their own individual legal aid account number, rather than via any chambers they may be tenanted at. Self-employed advocates also receive their instructions from the contract-holding solicitor with conduct of the matter, rather than via a contract with the Legal Aid Agency.

4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) chambers and (b) solicitors firms are registered as practising solely in criminal legal aid.

Applications for civil legal aid, January – December 2019

Month

Applications volumes

Applications successful

Proportion successful (%)

Jan-2019

9,710

9,011

93%

Feb-2019

9,441

8,736

93%

Mar-2019

10,573

9,822

93%

Apr-2019

9,919

9,185

93%

May-2019

10,577

9,807

93%

Jun-2019

9,652

8,994

93%

Jul-2019

11,337

10,548

93%

Aug-2019

9,861

9,181

93%

Sep-2019

9,762

9,079

93%

Oct-2019

11,341

10,523

93%

Nov-2019

10,262

9,518

93%

Dec-2019

8,615

8,033

93%

Applications for criminal legal aid, January – December 2019

Month

Volume of applications

Volume granted

Proportion successful (%)

Jan

28,209

27,174

96%

Feb

24,337

23,450

96%

Mar

26,075

25,215

97%

Apr

24,309

23,511

97%

May

26,705

25,765

96%

Jun

24,147

23,306

97%

Jul

27,035

26,188

97%

Aug

23,920

23,191

97%

Sep

23,633

22,901

97%

Oct

26,325

25,556

97%

Nov

23,923

23,153

97%

Dec

20,781

20,119

97%

Note: some applications classed as ‘unsuccessful’ may have been rejected for administrative reasons, as opposed to being refused for not meeting relevant eligibility criteria. An application may be refused due to a lack of merit in the case and/or the applicant not qualifying for public funding financially.

Identification and recovery of overpayments to providers, January – December 2019:

No. of Payment Errors

% of overall claims where error found

No. of Recoveries

% of errors where recovery made

% of £ paid in error recovered

Jan-19

1,631

1.37%

1611

98.77%

99.72%

Feb-19

1,263

1.00%

1244

98.50%

99.64%

Mar-19

1,307

1.02%

1291

98.78%

99.69%

Apr-19

1,186

0.82%

1167

98.40%

98.62%

May-19

737

0.49%

721

97.83%

98.52%

Jun-19

1,077

0.74%

1059

98.33%

99.21%

Jul-19

748

0.50%

733

97.99%

99.57%

Aug-19

574

0.39%

553

96.34%

99.59%

Sep-19

1047

0.75%

1026

97.99%

99.20%

Oct-19

1,539

1.02%

1519

98.70%

99.83%

Nov-19

845

0.56%

818

96.80%

99.42%

Dec-19

993

0.72%

977

98.39%

99.63%

These figures refer to errors concerning either the submission or assessment of claims.

A list of all legal aid providers holding a contract to deliver services can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/directory-of-legal-aid-providers. This can be filtered to show those providers holding a criminal legal aid contract only.

Whilst we hold robust data for individual self-employed advocates, they are generally paid directly by the Legal Aid Agency via their own individual legal aid account number, rather than via any chambers they may be tenanted at. Self-employed advocates also receive their instructions from the contract-holding solicitor with conduct of the matter, rather than via a contract with the Legal Aid Agency.