42400 - Slavery (Answered)

Paul Blomfield
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) who holds responsibility for training magistrates and (b) how many magistrates have received training on the use of (i) slavery and trafficking risk orders and (ii) slavery and trafficking prevention orders.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Judicial training is the responsibility of the Lord Chief Justice and is exercised through the Judicial College.

41872 - Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme (Answered)

Andy Slaughter
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to investigate the effect of means testing for legal aid on the ability of domestic violence survivors to access justice.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Government is absolutely clear that victims of domestic violence must have access to the help that they need, including access to legal aid.

41673 - Courts: Greater London (Answered)

Philip Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans further court closures in Greater London in the next 10 years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Her Majesty's Courts & Tribuanls Service keeps its operational estate under review to make sure that it aligns with the delivery of reformed court and tribunal services.

Any new proposals to close courts will be subject to public consultation.

41733 - Social Security Benefits: Merseryside (Answered)

Conor McGinn
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many decisions taken on claims for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payments have been appealed in (i) St Helens North constituency and (ii) Merseyside in each of the last five years; and how many of those appeals have been successful.

Mr Shailesh Vara

41460 - Work Capability Assessment: Appeals (Answered)

Hywel Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost to the public purse was of an appeal hearing for a work capability assessment in the latest period for which figures are available.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The information requested is not held centrally.

41459 - Work Capability Assessment: Wales (Answered)

Hywel Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many work capability assessment appeals there were in Wales in the last three years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The information requested is not held centrally.

40871 - Law (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve legal education in England and Wales.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The legal profession in England and Wales is independent from government. We want to see an innovative and competitive market that provides people with affordable legal services that they want and need, with regulation that supports the public and consumer interest.

40870 - Legal Opinion (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve awareness of available legal advice for the general public.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The legal profession in England and Wales is independent from government. We want to see an innovative and competitive market that provides people with affordable legal services that they want and need, with regulation that supports the public and consumer interest.

40869 - Administration of Justice (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Law Society's online survey of individuals' handling of legal issues in England and Wales 2015, published in May 2016.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The legal profession in England and Wales is independent from government. We want to see an innovative and competitive market that provides people with affordable legal services that they want and need, with regulation that supports the public and consumer interest.

41331 - Social Security Benefits: Appeals (Answered)

Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many decisions taken on claims for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment have been appealed in (i) Birkenhead and (ii) the UK in each of the past five years; and how many of those appeals have been successful.

Mr Shailesh Vara

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) does not hold accurate information on the volumes of appeals received against claims for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

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