40498 - Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme (Answered)

Andy Slaughter
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's survey on legal aid for domestic violence victims in private family law cases, what plans his Department has to launch a full consultation on that subject.

Mr Shailesh Vara

40297 - Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification (Answered)

Mr Roger Godsiff
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department collects on the (a) cost of tribunal hearings for sanctioned jobseeker's allowance claimants and (b) costs of tribunals for other benefits.

Mr Shailesh Vara

39525 - Asylum: Appeals (Answered)

Caroline Lucas
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many applications to appeal a decision on (a) an asylum application and (b) an application for refugee family union in the First Tier Tribunal Asylum and Immigration Chamber the applicant paid a fee in the latest period for which figures are available.

Mr Shailesh Vara

There were 2,890 applications to appeal an asylum decision where a fee was paid by the applicant in the calendar year 2015.

39142 - Criminal Records: Databases (Answered)

Mr Barry Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by what procedure over what period findings of Not Guilty are entered into the Criminal Record database.

Mr Shailesh Vara

HM Courts & Tribunals Service is responsible for ensuring that case outcome and sentence information, including whether the defendant was found guilty or not guilty, is sent to the police for inclusion on the Police National Computer (PNC). The average time taken to send cases to the police in financial year 2015/16 was 1.3 days.

39944 - Social Security Benefits: Appeals (Answered)

Mr Roger Godsiff
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost was of a tribunal hearing for a benefits claimant who had been sanctioned for not complying with work search requirements in the last 12 months; how many such tribunals there were in each of the past five years; and what the total cost was of those tribunals in each of the past five years.

Mr Shailesh Vara
The information requested is not held centrally.

39241 - Equal Pay: Tribunals (Answered)

Philip Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many equal pay claims accepted by employment tribunals in 2015 had been made against (a) government departments, (b) non-departmental public bodies and (c) local authorities.

Mr Shailesh Vara

There is no significant difference in the success rate of equal pay claims submitted by men and women in 2015. The numbers and the percentage of claims which were successful in 2015 are set out in the table below.

Number of successful claims

39023 - Equal Pay: Tribunals (Answered)

Philip Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of claims of equal pay to employment tribunals in 2015 were successful for (a) men and (b) women.

Mr Shailesh Vara

There is no significant difference in the success rate of equal pay claims submitted by men and women in 2015. The numbers and the percentage of claims which were successful in 2015 are set out in the table below.

Number of successful claims

Percentage successful claims

39164 - Court Service: ICT (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how his Department plans to fund the investment in ICT required to modernise and digitalise the court service.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Spending Review, announced in November 2015, agreed an investment of over £700m in HM Courts and Tribunal Service reform programme, to modernise and digitalise the courts and tribunals service. The Spending Review is published at:

39165 - Court Service: ICT (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the needs of (a) the old, (b) the very young, (c) people with difficulties with IT literacy, (d) people with difficulties with literacy and (c) other vulnerable groups are provided for in digital courts.

Mr Shailesh Vara

38659 - Tivium: Judgements (Answered)

Andrew Stephenson
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) court judgments have been made against Tivium and (b) such judgments have been satisfied in (i) England, (ii) the North West and (iii) Lancashire.

Mr Shailesh Vara

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