Sir Edward Davey Written Questions

Questions to Ministry of Justice tabled by Sir Edward Davey


Date Title Questioner
11 Jan 2019, 10:11 a.m. Ministry of Justice: Brexit Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department is spending on a public information campaign to prepare people for the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The Government has a duty to inform citizens and businesses about how leaving the EU might affect them, and to advise on the steps they may need to take to prepare for EU Exit.

Cabinet Office has developed a cross-departmental public information campaign to help achieve this. Over the coming weeks, departments will be using a range of channels to direct UK citizens, businesses, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU to a dedicated area on GOV.UK at Gov.uk/euexit


Information on the costs associated with this campaign will be released in due course as part of normal data transparency releases

4 Apr 2018, 3:18 p.m. Ministry of Justice: Procurement Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials in his Department have held meetings with (i) representatives of (a) Cambridge Analytica, (b) SCL Group and (c) Global Science Research and (ii) Alexander Nix.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The Secretary of State for Justice and the Ministers of his department have not met with any representatives of Cambridge Analytica, SCL Group and Global Science Research or Alexander Nix.

Departments publish quarterly details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on GOV.UK. These can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/moj-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings#2017

As well as ministerial meetings, departmental officials meet external organisations on a regular and ongoing basis.

1 Feb 2018, 2:38 p.m. Coroners: Working Hours Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendation of the Chief Coroner, set out in his Annual Report 2016 - 2017, that coroner areas should provide an out-of-hours service to meet the needs of those whose faiths require early burial.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

Out of hours services in London are funded and arranged by local authorities and the Metropolitan Police Service. The Government is clear about the importance of out of hours’ coroner services and in recent years it has worked with local authorities and the police to encourage the deployment of additional staff. Last October eight additional members of staff who will work out of hours took up post, recruited and employed by the police, but the Government will continue to work with local authorities and the police on this.

The availability of out of hours services in London will benefit the whole community, not just people of any particular faith.

7 Dec 2017, 4:25 p.m. Prisons: Civil Disorder Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions Tornado teams have been deployed to prisons since September 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Between September 2010 and November 2017 Tornado teams have been deployed a total of 97 times to provide incident management support to custodial establishments in England and Wales.

Tornado teams are not necessarily launched in response to violent incidents. They can be called on to provide a visible presence when dealing with a large number of prisoners.

3 Nov 2017, 2:55 p.m. Prisons: Civil Disorder Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of training and maintaining Tornado teams has been for each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

We do not hold the information requested because non-pay costs for Tornado training are included within a single yearly National Tactical Resource Group (NTRG) training budget. The associated expenditure reports only demonstrate the total cost of operating all training delivered by NTRG within the two training centres as a whole; all training expenditure is monitored under a single responsibility code.

Additionally we are unable to determine the cost of maintaining Tornado teams as these costs are embedded within individual establishment’s budgets. The amount of budget allocated to tornado delivery differs widely based on the type of establishment, required standing commitment and the number of staff requiring annual or initial training to fulfil their roles.

3 Nov 2017, 2:55 p.m. Prisons: Civil Disorder Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions Tornado teams have been deployed to prisons since September 2016.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Tornado teams are comprised of prison officers based in prison establishments who are trained to an advanced level of control and restraint. We have over 2000 trained staff across the country and they are grouped into Tornado teams made up of 12 officers and two commanders (a unit).

Between 1/9/16 and 30/10/17 – Tornado teams have been deployed on a total of 30 occasions. In the majority of cases, Tornado teams are deployed as a precaution, and the resolution of the incident is provided by local staff.

Tornado Teams can be deployed for a variety of incidents including Concerted Indiscipline, Regime Support following an incident, Assisting in searching and Incidents at Height.