Michael Fabricant debates with Ministry of Justice

There have been 2 exchanges between Michael Fabricant and Ministry of Justice

Wed 12th February 2020 Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill 3 interactions (55 words)
Tue 23rd January 2018 Oral Answers to Questions 7 interactions (92 words)

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill

(2nd reading: House of Commons)
(2nd reading: House of Commons)
Michael Fabricant Excerpts
Wednesday 12th February 2020

(6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Justice
Robert Buckland Portrait The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Robert Buckland) - Hansard
12 Feb 2020, 11:30 a.m.

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Twice in the past few months we have seen appalling and senseless attacks on members of the public by terrorist offenders. At Fishmongers’ Hall on 30 November last year, two bright and promising young lives were cut heartbreakingly short. The perpetrator, Usman Khan, had been released automatically halfway through a 16-year sentence for preparing terrorist acts. That tragedy was made so much more poignant by the fact that the victims were dedicated to the rehabilitation of offenders, and were helping people to get their lives back on track.

The attack in Streatham on 2 February this year came as a stark reminder of the risks when these sorts of offenders are let out automatically before they have served their full sentence in prison.

Michael Fabricant Portrait Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) (Con) - Hansard

A number of people may question why we are rushing through this business in one day today, so may I ask my right hon. and learned Friend, if the business were not completed today and the Bill therefore not enabled as an Act, would it result in terrorists being released early in the immediate future?

Robert Buckland Portrait Robert Buckland - Hansard
12 Feb 2020, 12:53 p.m.

The simple answer is yes; I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention.

I was telling the House about the events in Streatham. Sudesh Amman had been released just one week before the attack, halfway through a sentence of three years and four months for offences related to distributing or promoting material intended to stir up religious hatred. The automatic nature of his release meant that there was no parole oversight and no decision as to whether he posed a risk to the public. No one could prevent his release. It is purely thanks to the swift intervention of our incredible police officers that he did not go on to commit even more harm before he was stopped with necessary force. The reality is that we face an unprecedented threat from terrorist offenders who are willing to commit random violence without any fear of the consequences.

Oral Answers to Questions

Michael Fabricant Excerpts
Tuesday 23rd January 2018

(2 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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We do not believe that this is fundamentally an ideological fight between the private and public sectors. Most of those people working for Carillion—70% of them—were public servants just three years ago, and most of those people working for Amey were public servants in the prison service. Most of the problems have been solved through basic management and leadership. There has been a deep clean, the yard units have been increased from five to 18, and the conditions have improved rapidly. In the end, a lot of this is about management, not a private/public debate.

Michael Fabricant Portrait Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) (Con) - Hansard

8. What steps the Government are taking to improve access for offenders to employment and literacy education. [903491]

Mrs Pauline Latham Portrait Mrs Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire) (Con) - Hansard

12. What steps the Government are taking to improve access for offenders to employment and education. [903495]

Break in Debate

Mr Speaker Hansard
23 Jan 2018, 12:01 p.m.

I call Michael Fabricant; get in there, man.

Michael Fabricant Portrait Michael Fabricant - Hansard
23 Jan 2018, 12:01 p.m.

I will!

My hon. Friend the Minister knows that 46% of prisoners have a literacy age of only 11. That proportion is three times the national average, which is still too high. Does he agree that that lack of literacy is often the reason why people go to prison in the first place? Will he explain in a bit more detail how we can reduce the illiteracy level so that we do not get reoffending?

Mr Speaker Hansard
23 Jan 2018, 12:02 p.m.

Not too much detail.