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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 670: debated on Monday 20 January 2020

Ministerial Corrections

Monday 20 January 2020

Health and Social Care

Ockenden Review of Maternity Care: Shrewsbury and Telford

The following is an extract from the Adjournment debate on 15 January 2020.

I am afraid I have to inform my hon. Friend and the House that the additional cases have now been identified and the total number relevant to the review now stands at 900, a small number of which go back 40 years.

The extra cases have been found by a number of means—from looking at previous incidents reported at the hospital to parents brave enough to come forward and talk about their own experiences. I am sure my hon. Friend will understand that, unlike with Morecambe Bay, which involved a small number of cases, it will take the review considerably longer to investigate 900 cases.

[Official Report, 15 January 2020, Vol. 669, c. 1126.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Ms Nadine Dorries):

Errors have been identified in my response to my hon. Friend the Member for Telford (Lucy Allan).

The correct response should have been:

I am afraid I have to inform my hon. Friend and the House that the additional cases have now been identified and the total number that might be relevant to the review now stands at over 900, a small number of which go back 40 years.

The extra cases have been found by a number of means—from looking at previous incidents reported at the hospital to parents brave enough to come forward and talk about their own experiences. I am sure my hon. Friend will understand that, unlike with Morecambe Bay, which involved a small number of cases, it will take the review considerably longer to investigate over 900 cases.

Attorney General

Hate Crimes: Prosecution Rate

The following is an extract from Questions to the Attorney General on 16 January 2020.

Overall prosecutions have fallen from a quarter to only one in 10. Why is the CPS prosecuting so few people for hate crime? Why is the number of prosecutions falling, not rising? Is that not deterring people from reporting hate crime in the first place?

There is considerable evidence that people are particularly concerned about hate crime, and I do not think they are being put off making complaints to the police about that. We are constantly liaising at the Crown Prosecution Service with local police forces about their conduct, and we focus very much on getting results in instances of hate crime. As I have said, the number of convictions for hate crime has increased to its highest ever level.

[Official Report, 16 January 2020, Vol. 669, c. 1145.]

Letter of correction from the Solicitor General (Michael Ellis):

An error has been identified in the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Hove (Peter Kyle).

The correct answer should have been:

There is considerable evidence that people are particularly concerned about hate crime, and I do not think they are being put off making complaints to the police about that. We are constantly liaising at the Crown Prosecution Service with local police forces about their conduct, and we focus very much on getting results in instances of hate crime. As I have said, the conviction rate for hate crime has increased to its highest ever level.