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Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 June 2019
Home Office
Disclosure and Barring Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 1 of the letter from the Cabinet Secretary of 10 April 2019 to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry on Disclosure and Barring Service: progress review, if he will place in the Library, copies of the independence assurance reviews of the programme conducted in February 2014 and June 2014.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 264399 | 264401
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Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 June 2019
Home Office
Disclosure and Barring Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 1 of the letter from the Cabinet Secretary of 10 April 2019 to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry on Disclosure and Barring Service: progress review, if he will place in the Library, copies of the analysis provided by his Department's officials.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 264398 | 264401
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Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 June 2019
Home Office
Disclosure and Barring Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 2 of the letter from the Cabinet Secretary of 10 April 2019 to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry on Disclosure and Barring Service: progress review, what estimate he has made of the increased cost to deliver modernisation as a result of the revision of the Full Business Case.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 264398 | 264399
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Asked by Ruth Jones
(Newport West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
South Wales Police: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 July 2019, how many of the 20,000 new police officers will be recruited by South Wales Police.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Prime Minister and Home Secretary have announced the recruitment of 20,000 extra officers over the next three years. This demonstrates our commitment to supporting the police and giving them extra resource to protect the public and keep us all safe.

The allocation of officers across England and Wales is yet to be confirmed. We are working closely with police leader to put in place the plans and systems to deliver on this commitment. Police budgets and force level funding are set out in the usual way at the provisional police settlement.

Grouped Questions: 284222 | 284224 | 284227
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Asked by Ruth Jones
(Newport West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
North Wales Police: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 July 2019, how many of the 20,000 new police officers will be recruited by North Wales Police.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Prime Minister and Home Secretary have announced the recruitment of 20,000 extra officers over the next three years. This demonstrates our commitment to supporting the police and giving them extra resource to protect the public and keep us all safe.

The allocation of officers across England and Wales is yet to be confirmed. We are working closely with police leader to put in place the plans and systems to deliver on this commitment. Police budgets and force level funding are set out in the usual way at the provisional police settlement.

Grouped Questions: 284219 | 284224 | 284227
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Asked by Ruth Jones
(Newport West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Dyfed Powys Police: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 July 2019, how many of the 20,000 new police officers will be recruited by Dyfed-Powys Police.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Prime Minister and Home Secretary have announced the recruitment of 20,000 extra officers over the next three years. This demonstrates our commitment to supporting the police and giving them extra resource to protect the public and keep us all safe.

The allocation of officers across England and Wales is yet to be confirmed. We are working closely with police leader to put in place the plans and systems to deliver on this commitment. Police budgets and force level funding are set out in the usual way at the provisional police settlement.

Grouped Questions: 284219 | 284222 | 284227
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Asked by Ruth Jones
(Newport West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Gwent Police: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 July 2019, how many of the 20,000 new police officers will be recruited by Gwent Police.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Prime Minister and Home Secretary have announced the recruitment of 20,000 extra officers over the next three years. This demonstrates our commitment to supporting the police and giving them extra resource to protect the public and keep us all safe.

The allocation of officers across England and Wales is yet to be confirmed. We are working closely with police leader to put in place the plans and systems to deliver on this commitment. Police budgets and force level funding are set out in the usual way at the provisional police settlement.

Grouped Questions: 284219 | 284222 | 284224
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Asked by Ruth Jones
(Newport West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Police: Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of additional police officers required in (a) Newport West and (b) Wales to reduce the level of crime and keep communities safe.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Prime Minister and Home Secretary have announced the recruitment of 20,000 extra officers over the next three years. This demonstrates our commitment to supporting the police and giving them extra resource to protect the public and keep us all safe.

The allocation of officers across England and Wales is yet to be confirmed. We are working closely with police leaders to put in place the plans and systems to deliver on this commitment. Police budgets and force level funding will be set out in the usual way at the provisional police settlement.

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(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Crimes of Violence: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the recommendations from the Home Affairs Select Committee in its report entitled Serious violence, HC 1016, published 31 July 2019, whether she plans to allocate dedicated police officers for schools located in areas with higher risk of youth violence.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Government is committed to tackling serious violence and we are supporting the police to tackle these crimes. Police funding will increase by £1 billion this year, including council tax and the new £100 million Serious Violence Fund, which will support action in the most affected areas. The Prime Minister and Home Secretary also announced plans to recruit an additional 20,000 officers over the next three years.

Decisions on the deployment of individual officers are an operational matter for Chief Constables. In the Serious Violence Strategy, we recognise the benefits of building positive relationships between schools and police across a range of crime issues.

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Asked by John Lamont
(Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Police: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what effect funding 20,000 additional police officers will have on the Scottish Government's block grant.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

Any increase in funding to the police forces of England and Wales would generate a ‘Barnett consequential’ uplift to the Block Grants to the Scottish Government. It would be a matter for the Scottish Government to determine how the additional resources would be allocated.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Orgreave
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to hold a public inquiry into the police operation at Orgreave on 18 June 1984.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

There are no plans to review the Government’s decision of 31 October 2016 not to establish a public inquiry into the policing of the events at the Orgreave coking plant on 18 June 1984.

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(Rotherham)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Offences against Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will estimate the number of people posing a sexual threat to children (a) online and (b) offline in the UK.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

There are over 58,000 Registered Sex Offenders in the UK. A conservative estimate of the National Crime Agency (NCA) is that around 80,000 people in the UK present some kind of sexual threat to children online, while the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse estimates that 15% of girls and 5% of boys experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16.

In February 2017, the Government published its Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Progress Report and announced a £40m package of measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and to crack down on offenders. In September 2018, the Government announced an additional £21.5m investment in law enforcement to reduce the volume of offending and pursue the most hardened and dangerous abusers.

The Government has made significant progress in tackling child sexual exploitation. We have prioritised child sexual abuse as a national threat to empower law enforcement to tackle these crimes, developed world-leading technology such as the child abuse image database (CAID) to tackle online child sexual abuse, and built the capabilities of our law enforcement and intelligence partners to bring the highest-harm offenders to justice.

The Government continue to engage closely with a range of partners including law enforcement, charities and academics to build our understanding of the evolving threat in order to do all we can to protect children and stop offenders.

In 2017 the government established the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse with £7.5 million of funding. Headed by Barnardo’s, the centre works to improve our understanding of the scale and nature of pathways into child sexual offending and what works to prevent and tackle it, including developing a typology of child sexual offending which will support a more targeted response by the police and other agencies.

We will publish a national strategy setting out how we will galvanise local, national and international efforts to prevent, tackle and respond to all forms of Child Sexual Abuse, which will be supported by the announcement on 4 September 2019 of an additional £30 million to safeguard children from child sexual exploitation and abuse. Increasing funding for cutting-edge technology and the best intelligence and law enforcement capabilities will enable police officers to continue to target the worst and most sophisticated offenders.

Grouped Questions: 284691 | 284550
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(Rotherham)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Offences against Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to publish an update to the Tackling child sexual exploitation: progress report published on 16 February 2017.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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(Rotherham)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Offences against Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of money allocated from the public purse for the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation was spent on disrupting perpetrators in the most recent period for which such information is available.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

There are over 58,000 Registered Sex Offenders in the UK. A conservative estimate of the National Crime Agency (NCA) is that around 80,000 people in the UK present some kind of sexual threat to children online, while the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse estimates that 15% of girls and 5% of boys experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16.

In February 2017, the Government published its Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Progress Report and announced a £40m package of measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and to crack down on offenders. In September 2018, the Government announced an additional £21.5m investment in law enforcement to reduce the volume of offending and pursue the most hardened and dangerous abusers.

The Government has made significant progress in tackling child sexual exploitation. We have prioritised child sexual abuse as a national threat to empower law enforcement to tackle these crimes, developed world-leading technology such as the child abuse image database (CAID) to tackle online child sexual abuse, and built the capabilities of our law enforcement and intelligence partners to bring the highest-harm offenders to justice.

The Government continue to engage closely with a range of partners including law enforcement, charities and academics to build our understanding of the evolving threat in order to do all we can to protect children and stop offenders.

In 2017 the government established the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse with £7.5 million of funding. Headed by Barnardo’s, the centre works to improve our understanding of the scale and nature of pathways into child sexual offending and what works to prevent and tackle it, including developing a typology of child sexual offending which will support a more targeted response by the police and other agencies.

We will publish a national strategy setting out how we will galvanise local, national and international efforts to prevent, tackle and respond to all forms of Child Sexual Abuse, which will be supported by the announcement on 4 September 2019 of an additional £30 million to safeguard children from child sexual exploitation and abuse. Increasing funding for cutting-edge technology and the best intelligence and law enforcement capabilities will enable police officers to continue to target the worst and most sophisticated offenders.

Grouped Questions: 284692 | 284550
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(Rotherham)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Offences against Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has (a) geographically mapped the prevalence of different methodologies for perpetrating child sexual abuse in the UK as set out in the National Crime Agency’s National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2018 and (b) discrete plans for tackling each such methodology of perpetration.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 08 October 2019

There are over 58,000 Registered Sex Offenders in the UK. A conservative estimate of the National Crime Agency (NCA) is that around 80,000 people in the UK present some kind of sexual threat to children online, while the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse estimates that 15% of girls and 5% of boys experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16.

In February 2017, the Government published its Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Progress Report and announced a £40m package of measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and to crack down on offenders. In September 2018, the Government announced an additional £21.5m investment in law enforcement to reduce the volume of offending and pursue the most hardened and dangerous abusers.

The Government has made significant progress in tackling child sexual exploitation. We have prioritised child sexual abuse as a national threat to empower law enforcement to tackle these crimes, developed world-leading technology such as the child abuse image database (CAID) to tackle online child sexual abuse, and built the capabilities of our law enforcement and intelligence partners to bring the highest-harm offenders to justice.

The Government continue to engage closely with a range of partners including law enforcement, charities and academics to build our understanding of the evolving threat in order to do all we can to protect children and stop offenders.

In 2017 the government established the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse with £7.5 million of funding. Headed by Barnardo’s, the centre works to improve our understanding of the scale and nature of pathways into child sexual offending and what works to prevent and tackle it, including developing a typology of child sexual offending which will support a more targeted response by the police and other agencies.

We will publish a national strategy setting out how we will galvanise local, national and international efforts to prevent, tackle and respond to all forms of Child Sexual Abuse, which will be supported by the announcement on 4 September 2019 of an additional £30 million to safeguard children from child sexual exploitation and abuse. Increasing funding for cutting-edge technology and the best intelligence and law enforcement capabilities will enable police officers to continue to target the worst and most sophisticated offenders.

Grouped Questions: 284692 | 284691
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Asked by Keith Vaz
(Leicester East)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Police Federation of England and Wales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she next plans to meet with the Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Home Secretary has regular meetings with the National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales to discuss a range of issues of relevance to the Federation and its members. The last such meeting took place in August 2019. In the interests of Government transparency and accountability details of Ministerial meetings are published on a quarterly basis on GOV.UK.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Crime Prevention: Publicity
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the effectiveness of the knife free campaign messaging on chicken boxes will be measured.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The #knifefree campaign is based on independent qualitative and quantitative insight and evaluation after extensive testing with the target audience.

An independent quantitative survey will be undertaken with a robust sample of the target audience to measure the effectiveness of #knifefree summer campaign activity, including the fast food boxes. This evaluation captures where interviewees recall seeing #knifefree campaign communications, as well as attitudinal measures relating to knife crime and knife carrying.

All City Media Solutions, will also undertake a post-campaign analysis including measuring awareness and creative effectiveness of the campaign.

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Asked by Lord Beecham
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: Fees and Charges
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the costs of an application (1) for limited leave to remain, and (2) to extend limited leave to remain, are calculated; by how much the costs of such applications have increased in percentage terms since 2015; and why those costs have increased.
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The unit costs of immigration and nationality fees are the calculated estimate of the full financial cost for providing each route/service, including direct costs and relevant local and central overheads (e.g. accommodation, HR, Finance and IT), plus depreciation, cost of capital employed, and other wider system costs that are incurred in connection with immigration and nationality activity.

The approach the Home Office uses to calculate the published unit costs for all UK visa, immigration and citizenship services takes into account the entire forecast cost of the relevant chargeable functions, including all related indirect costs. Weightings are then used, based on operational business planning data, to apportion the total cost across the range of services and products.

Unit costs may be influenced by changes in the way that applications in certain routes are processed from year to year, for example where additional checks are introduced or required, or by changes elsewhere within the overall system which impact on the weighting calculations and therefore the amount apportioned to any individual service.

With regard to percentage increases, the Home Office publishes a complete list of fees and unit costs for all application types. This can be viewed via the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-fees-transparency-data

Additionally, the link below sets out all the fees that have been in operation since 2015.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table

When setting fees, the Home Office takes into account the cost of processing the application, the wider cost of running Border, Immigration and Citizenship (BIC) system and the benefits the Home Office believes are likely to accrue from a successful application.

Application fees have increased in recent years as the Home Office aims to reduce the overall level of funding that comes from general taxation.

Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Police Advisory Board
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will nominate representatives of the Police Superintendents' Association to the Police Advisory Board of England and Wales; and if not, why not.
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Police Advisory Board for England and Wales (PABEW) was established as a non-departmental public body under section 46 of the Police Act 1964.

Its remit is to consider draft regulations under the Police Act 1996, with respect to matters such as recruitment, diversity, and police workforce reform.

The Board is chaired by Elizabeth France and includes representatives of interested organisations, including the Police Superintendents’ Association. A full list of the Board’s membership is available at gov.uk/government/organisations/police-advisory-board-for-england-and-wales/about/membership

Grouped Questions: HL17631
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Police Advisory Board
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the Police Advisory Board of England and Wales; what is the remit of that Board; and how that board is constituted.
Answered on: 08 October 2019

The Police Advisory Board for England and Wales (PABEW) was established as a non-departmental public body under section 46 of the Police Act 1964.

Its remit is to consider draft regulations under the Police Act 1996, with respect to matters such as recruitment, diversity, and police workforce reform.

The Board is chaired by Elizabeth France and includes representatives of interested organisations, including the Police Superintendents’ Association. A full list of the Board’s membership is available at gov.uk/government/organisations/police-advisory-board-for-england-and-wales/about/membership

Grouped Questions: HL17630
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