Canlyniadau 1–20 o 440 ar gyfer speaker:Mr Derek Spencer

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Stephen Lawrence (17 Maw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: My right hon. and learned Friend and I meet the Director of Public Prosecutions frequently to discuss matters of departmental interest, and I have been kept informed about the case.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Stephen Lawrence (17 Maw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: The hon. Gentleman is quite right that it is a great injustice that those responsible for the killing have not been brought to justice. However, he might like to bear in mind the words of Mr. Justice Curtis, who heard evidence on the voir dire at the Old Bailey from a person who said that he had witnessed the killing. Having heard the only witness on whom the private prosecution relied, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Stephen Lawrence (17 Maw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: As my hon. Friend said, Conservative Members do not find it easy to forget that, in contradistinction to Opposition Members. He knows from his discussions with people who practise in the courts that the modification of the right to silence that we introduced in the teeth of protest and opposition from the Labour party is bringing great benefits. People answer questions more freely in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Stephen Lawrence (17 Maw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: As a former Member of Parliament for Leicester, South, which had about 19,000 Asian constituents, I do not need lessons on the importance of race and the vileness of racial crimes from the hon. Gentleman or any of his hon. Friends. We have been in the vanguard in tightening up the law to ensure that a wider range of incidents involving racial misconduct are treated as criminal offences. As...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Information Technology (Serious Fraud Office) (17 Maw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: The Serious Fraud Office makes significant use of information technology, both to support its investigations and to present complex material at court.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Information Technology (Serious Fraud Office) (17 Maw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: My hon. Friend is quite right about the crime figures. It is a great pity that we have not had more support from the Labour party for our campaign on law and order in the past five years—perhaps we shall hear a little more from it in the next few weeks. I am sure that my hon. Friend will want to join me in congratulating Mrs. Wright on her appointment as the new director. She is experienced...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (17 Chw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: Current proposals are designed to increase the speed and efficiency of internal communications, make the case-tracking and management system easier to use and, through a private finance initiative contract, provide an infrastructure for links with other agencies in the criminal justice system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (17 Chw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: My hon. Friend is right. I understand that he had the advantage of seeing a system in operation in South Glamorgan on a recent visit to his local CPS office. He will have seen the speed with which communication can take place when e-mail links are in operation. Apart from that example, where the police have provided the system, two other systems are being piloted at the moment: one in Suffolk...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (17 Chw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: I can give the hon. Lady that undertaking. She speaks of delays of up to five years; that is another example of the type of complaint to which my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General just referred—vague and unsubstantiated generalisations—[Interruption.] If she will give us chapter and verse, we will follow it up, but it does not help the CPS, the victims or anyone else to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Criminal Offences (Police Officers) (17 Chw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: The Crown Prosecution Service has received no reports about criminal offences alleged to have been committed by police officers in the type of matters referred to by the hon. Gentleman.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Criminal Offences (Police Officers) (17 Chw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: The place for such allegations to be investigated is in the courts. The cases of Denton and others, which were referred to in the article to which the hon. Gentleman refers, are still going through the courts. They are not yet completed, and they are sub judice. I should tell him that "information received"—as it is usually referred to—is a very powerful investigation and prosecution tool...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (Book Expenditure) (17 Chw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: In the past three full years, such expenditure totalled £985,355, £814,467 and £705,830 respectively. The main publications purchased were "Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice", "Stone's Justices' Manual" and "Wilkinson's Road Traffic Offences"—three textbooks that will be very well known to the right hon. and learned Member for Aberavon (Mr. Morris).

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (Book Expenditure) (17 Chw 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: When it comes to legal advice, I am sure that the Daily Mail need spare no expense, unlike the Crown Prosecution Service, which must have regard to proper expenditure. On my hon. Friend's specific question, it would appear that no proceedings can be brought under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 because no proceedings currently exist. My right hon. and learned Friend has already announced that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Deregulation (20 Ion 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: The Departments for which the Attorney-General is responsible have no regulatory functions to which the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 applies. However, the Crown Prosecution Service continues to work with the police to reduce paperwork and administrative burdens in the prosecution of crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Deregulation (20 Ion 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: The hon. Gentleman's criticisms are entirely misplaced. He talks about morale, but if he and certain of his hon. Friends visited the CPS more often and looked at what it does, they would launch into ill-judged criticism less frequently. The best way in which to help the CPS with morale is to stop criticising it unfairly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Deregulation (20 Ion 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: I appeared in front of Mr. Justice Potts in Sheffield for three days between 17 and 19 December. He heard arguments that the case amounted to an abuse of process, in part based on the lapse of time since the events took place. After he had heard all the arguments, he concluded that there was no abuse of process and that the case was fit to proceed. The case came to an end last week only...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (20 Ion 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: The north-west area of the Crown Prosecution Service makes a strong contribution to the overall success of the service. The number and proportion of cases discontinued has been reduced to below the national average and conviction rates in the magistrates and Crown courts are 98.5 per cent. and 91.6 per cent. respectively.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (20 Ion 1997)

Mr Derek Spencer: The law has been changed a number of times in recent years. Normally, a child complainant in such a case will make the original complaint to a social worker, and it will be recorded on video tape. At the hearing, that video tape will stand as the child's evidence-in-chief and cross-examination will be by means of a live video link, with the child in a separate room. The methods that we now...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Laws on Privacy ( 2 Rha 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: The collective Government position was set out in their response to the report of the National Heritage Select Committee on privacy and media intrusion, published on 17 July 1995.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Laws on Privacy ( 2 Rha 1996)

Mr Derek Spencer: I am obliged to my hon. Friend, but he should not write off the Press Complaints Commission quite so speedily. We believe that, since the appointment of Lord Wakeham, we have the best chance in years for effective self-regulation. The commission has a lay majority and is independent of the industry. If we are to go the way of legislation, we need law that is clear, intelligible and...


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