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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 579: debated on Monday 28 April 2014

Ministerial Corrections

Monday 28 April 2014

Defence

Mobile Phones

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many smartphone apps his Department has launched.

[Official Report, 22 October 2013, Vol. 569, c. 102W.]

Letter of correction from Philip Dunne:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr Hoban) on 22 October 2013.

The full answer given was as follows: (171590)

Since 2007, available records show that the armed forces have launched 31 smartphone applications.

The correct answer should have been:

Since 2007, available records show that the armed forces have launched 39 smartphone applications.

Military Credit Union

The following is an extract from the response given by the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne) to the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) during the Westminster Hall debate on Military Credit Union on 8 April 2014.

I also asked the Minister about giving advice to soldiers and serving personnel on how best to manage their money. I said that, often, those who did not have the level of income they currently have found managing their money overawing. Has offering that advice been considered?

Indeed. The hon. Gentleman raised the role of the Money Advice Service, which we established two years ago, and I am grateful that he gave it a positive endorsement. The advice is proving effective and, as the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire said, the number of people taking advantage of the service in its first two years demonstrates that there was a need for it. We think that it is being delivered in the right way. I also thank the hon. Member for Strangford for the advert he gave to Armed Forces day this summer and the celebrations that will take place in his constituency. I wish them well.

[Official Report, 8 April 2014, Vol. 579, c. 44WH.]

Letter of correction from Philip Dunne:

An error has been identified in the response given on 8 April 2014.

The correct response should have been:

Indeed. The hon. Gentleman raised the role of the MoneyForce, which we established last year, and I am grateful that he gave it a positive endorsement. The advice is proving effective and, as the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire said, the number of people taking advantage of the service in its first year demonstrates that there was a need for it. We think that it is being delivered in the right way.

Justice

Homicide

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what representations he has received on legislation on killing by one punch; and if he will make a statement; (190184)

(2) what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals on killing by one punch; and if he will make a statement;

(3) if he will introduce a mandatory 10 year minimum prison sentence for anyone who kills someone with a single punch while under the influence of alcohol; and if he will make a statement.

[Official Report, 19 March 2014, Vol. 577, c. 641W.]

Letter of correction from Jeremy Wright:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Enfield North (Nick de Bois) on 19 March 2014.

The full answer given was as follows:

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, my right hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling), has not received any recent representations on legislation relating to killing by one punch. Such offending behaviour is covered by the existing offence of manslaughter and we have no plans to change the law in this area.

Manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, which gives the courts full flexibility to deal with all the circumstances of the cases which come before them. This is particularly important as manslaughter covers a broad range of behaviour. The Court of Appeal issued a guideline judgment in 2009 on sentencing for unlawful act manslaughter in which it stated that attention should be paid to the problem of gratuitous, unprovoked violence in our city centres and streets.

The correct response should have been:

The Ministry of Justice has received four letters in the last two years on legislation regarding killing by one punch. Such offending behaviour is covered by the existing offence of manslaughter and we have no plans to change the law in this area.

Manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, which gives the courts full flexibility to deal with all the circumstances of the cases which come before them. This is particularly important as manslaughter covers a broad range of behaviour. The Court of Appeal issued a guideline judgment in 2009 on sentencing for unlawful act manslaughter in which it stated that attention should be paid to the problem of gratuitous, unprovoked violence in our city centres and streets.

Northern Ireland

Cost of Living

The following is the answer given by the Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, the right hon. Member for South Leicestershire (Mr Robathan) to the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) during Northern Ireland Question Time on 2 April 2014.

Given that getting a job is the most important element in alleviating cost of living problems, will my right hon. Friend elucidate the measures that the Northern Ireland Office has taken to promote private sector investment so that new firms come into Northern Ireland?

My hon. Friend will know that last June an economic pact was signed by the Northern Ireland Executive and others that looked forward to a rebalanced economy with more private sector jobs. In the last year some 10,000 jobs have been created in the private sector. As I have said, we are expecting another 13,000 this year, and 23,000 new jobs over the next year.

[Official Report, 2 April 2014, Vol. 578, c. 868.]

Letter of correction from Andrew Robathan:

An error has been identified in an oral answer given on 2 April 2014. The correct answer should have been:

My hon. Friend will know that last June an economic pact was signed by the Northern Ireland Executive and others that looked forward to a rebalanced economy with more private sector jobs. In the last year some 10,000 jobs have been created in the private sector. As I have said, we are expecting another 13,000 this year, and 23,000 new jobs over the next two years.