Once again, the Attorney-General and I took questions from MPs on a range of matters in my role as HM Solicitor-General.
On Thursday, 10th December, MPs from both sides of the house, including this time two other Northamptonshire MPs, Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire) and Phillip Hollobone (Kettering)- got the chance to question me.
Issues included CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) immigration charges, new Nightingale Courts, and from Andrea a question about enforcing safeguarding measures to protect babies from domestic abuse. The Government recently passed a Bill to protect the lives of domestic abuse victims around the UK and will go further in punishing perpetrators and ensure sufficient support is available for victims.
In my answers, I was happy to draw attention to the fact that £23million has been provided to the CPS, on top of the previous £85million over the last two years, enabling them to better handle their increase in caseload. Following this Government’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new police officers the CPS will have greater resources to allow them to better investigate cases.
You can watch me answer Attorney-General Questions in the House of Commons here (duration approximately 17 minutes): https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/c9ebecad-2a79-4261-9778-56ec3593193c?in=10:16:19&out=10:33:24