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Chris Grayling praised the operation led by the National Crime Agency which has led to the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles across the country. “As a society in recent years we have learnt a lot more about the scale of the problem and... Continue to article
The Justice Secretary has dismissed reports of a crisis in prison places. Labour and other campaigners have accused the Government of failing to ensure sufficient space is available, with the latest figures showing that the number of of... Continue to article
Chris Grayling is appearing before the Justice Committee as we speak, and his band of not-so-adoring fans has followed him in. As you can see (sort of) from the picture above, protestors against the ban on people sending books to prisone...
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Welsh questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Presentation of bill: Local Government (Independence) Code Bill Main business Opposition day debate (4th allotted day): (i) Housing supply; (... Continue to article
Chris Grayling has accused his Labour counterpart of having "nothing positive to say" on prison reform. The Justice Secretary made the comments during Justice Questions after Sadiq Khan accused him of "finding it difficult to keep the pu... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron meets with Northern Ireland first minister Gerry Adams, deputy first minister Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein president Martin McGuiness at Downing Street Business secretary Vince Cable and culture secretary Sa... Continue to article
The Justice Secretary has strongly denied claims of an overcrowding crisis in Britain's jails. The head of the prisons' inspectorate warned at the weekend that demands on the prison system had "completely outstripped the resources availa... Continue to article
Chris Grayling downplayed fears of overcrowding in and insisted the Government was addressing the issue by building bigger and modern facilities. "We have, as we sit here today, more than a thousand spare places in our prisons. We have h... Continue to article
Chris Grayling said Michael Gove was right to argue that the Government should be tackling all extremism. "Yes and that’s what the Government’s been doing. We are looking to first of all clearly make sure we protect national security, th... Continue to article
Labour press release Sadiq Khan MP Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the conviction of Michael Wheatley, said: "Although the public will be relieved Michael Wheatley has been caught and convicted, corners are being cut ... Continue to article
Labour press release Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports that two more inmates have gone on the run after absconding from an open prison, said: "Another day and another set of prisoners have gone missing ... Continue to article
Chris Grayling expressed his commitment to reforming the prisons system in response to recent failings. "I'm not happy with the way things are at the moment. Although the number of people absconding is tiny, we've seen in the last few mo... Continue to article
Chris Grayling said he was launching a full inquiry into the circumstances around armed robber Michael Wheatley’s escape from an open prison. “I want to know that as well and I’m carrying out a full inquiry into the individual circumstan... Continue to article
Simon Hughes said judges should be given discretion over sentencing for knife crimes and disagreed with Chris Grayling's call for fixed-term sentences. "No we’re absolutely not soft on crime and I’ve been involved in the criminal justic... Continue to article
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman has said that Pfizer Inc’s bid for AstraZeneca is accepted is “a matter for their shareholders”. “The government is in close contact with both companies making the point about the importance of R&... Continue to article
Employment Minister Chris Grayling has said he is "optimistic" that a meeting of EU members in London yesterday has taken the first steps toward ending benefit tourism.
“We had a very constructive meeting. There is a growing realisation across the EU that this is a genuine issue that has to be addressed. There are many states who feel very strongly about it and I am optimistic that the meeting has started a process to a discussion which gives us a good chance of making progress.”
Work and Pensions Minister Chris Grayling will say more needs to be done on cutting red tape. In a meeting with business leaders today, Mr Grayling will outline that the Government has made “good progress” and that he is “determined to cut the number of health and safety regulations in half".
Charities involved in the Government's Work Programme have warned they may pull out over concerns about "profiteering" by private firms. In a meeting with employment minister Chris Grayling on Tuesday, charity representatives said private firms were merely using charities as "bid-candy", and accused them of starving the sector of funds by "cherry-picking" the unemployed most likely to find work and leaving only the least employable.
The Government is preparing for battle with the European Union over a proposed welfare agreement with Turkey that would allow Turks to claim benefits in the UK.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling has instructed British officials to fight the deal, saying: “Our arrangements are for Britain to decide, not Brussels. I’m not happy with the way that the EU is behaving. Europe should not be negotiating social security agreements on our behalf, that’s why we’re going through the courts to stop them.
Computer technicians in India are being hired to help develop an IT system for the Government's universal credit welfare programme. The project is worth potentially hundreds of millions of pounds, and has been outsourced to India despite a promise from Employment Minister Chris Grayling last year that large data projects would remain in the UK. Mark Serwotka, head of the PCS union, said the move raised questions about "the pledge the employment minister made to Parliament".
16/07/2014 on World at One, Radio 4
14/06/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
05/06/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
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Today on Today, BBC Radio 4
25/07/2014 on BBC News
25/07/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4