6687 - Courts: Debt Collection (Answered)

Jo Stevens
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the collection rates for (a) fines, (b) penalties and (c) confiscation orders have been in each of the last five years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

5937 - Judges (Answered)

Mark Pritchard
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will undertake research into public confidence in the power of veto held by the Lord Chief Justice on the Lord Chancellor's power to remove circuit and district judges and the potential for conflict of interest to arise.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The rules and regulations governing judicial discipline (including removal from office) were subject to formal review and public consultation in 2012. There are no plans to undertake further research.

6290 - Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme (Answered)

Kate Green
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will respond to the recommendations made by the Eighth Report of the Justice Committee of Session 2014-15, HC311, on the impact of changes to civil legal aid under Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012; and if he will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

6144 - MV Sunflower E (Answered)

Paul Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on the situation of the passengers of the cargo ship Sunflower E during its detention in Newport.

Mr Shailesh Vara

4457 - Courts: Debt Collection (Answered)

Cat Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the business case for the privatisation of the collection and enforcement of fines compensation and other charges imposed by the criminal courts will be published.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The procurement process for an external provider for compliance and enforcement services is bound by commercial confidentiality and as such specifics relating to the preferred bidder’s solution detailed in the project’s business case cannot be shared.

3941 - Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals (Answered)

Colleen Fletcher
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appellants in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England are waiting for the Tribunals Service to list their first-tier tribunal social security and child support appeal in respect of employment and support allowance.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The First-tier Tribunal – Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) administered by HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), hears appeals against Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) decisions on a range of benefits.

3156 - Ministry of Justice: Redundancy (Answered)

Andy Slaughter
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employees in his Department have been (a) made redundant or (b) offered redundancy since 7 May 2015.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Since 7 May 2015, there has only been 1 voluntary redundancy where the individual has left the Ministry of Justice. One further offer has been made and an outcome is awaited.

6200 - Fines (Answered)

Andy Slaughter
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines have been (a) issued by courts and (b) collected in the most recent 12 months for which records are available.

Mr Shailesh Vara

5052 - Legal Aid Scheme: Mental Illness (Answered)

David Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to increase access to legal aid for people with a mental illness.

Mr Shailesh Vara

I refer the honourable member to the answer given on Monday 22 June 2015.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-06-15/2474/

4456 - Courts: Debt Collection (Answered)

Cat Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what payment methods will be available for people to pay fines, compensation and other charges imposed by the criminal courts under the contract for that service with a private provider.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The contract for compliance and enforcement services has not yet been awarded. The payment methods available for people to pay financial impositions will be agreed once a contract has been awarded.

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