Crime and anti-social behaviour

Mike Wood, the MP for Dudley South, has launched his Halloween Safety Cards ahead of this year’s celebrations.

Notwithstanding the context my hon. Friend has set out, the high levels of self-harm at Feltham are particularly concerning. What is he doing to improve the mental health of young offenders?



If someone were caught speeding, the police would have two weeks to notify them and six months to bring proceedings, but that person could bring a complaint against the police officer at any time and the investigation could take years to resolve. Could we have a debate on limiting the time for police complaint investigations to provide certainty for the complainant and for serving police officers?


Mel Stride Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

Mike Wood: What happened to some members of the Windrush generation, through no fault of their own, was simply inexcusable, but at the root of these cases is a fraud that was conducted on a quite industrial scale. Is it not hugely insulting to members of the Windrush generation to try to draw a parallel between the two cases?


Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Mike Wood: West Bromwich Albion pioneered the fight against racism in football in the 1970s with club legends such as Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham. Will the Minister support police in the West Midlands and across the country in bringing charges against those who subject players, fans and officials to racist abuse from the stands?


Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Mike Wood: I join hon. Members in thanking my right hon. Friend for his statement and the Metropolitan Police for their effective action this morning. The Ecuadorean President has indicated that Julian Assange repeatedly violated the conditions of his asylum at the embassy. Does my right hon. Friend have any further details of such violations?


Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department

Mike Wood: As our hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) said, nearly a fifth of people convicted on a second or subsequent time for possessing an illegal knife are spared a prison sentence. We would not accept that for firearm offences. Will the Prime Minister look again at sentencing guidelines and practice to ensure that anyone carrying an offensive weapon gets the sentence they deserve?


Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

Mike Wood: Does my hon. Friend agree that such horrendous abuse and its lifelong effects cannot possibly be justified on the basis of cultural practice?


Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

Mike Wood: What steps his Department is taking to tackle unfair practices in the private parking sector.


Rishi Sunak Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

It is a pleasure and privilege to speak on Report. I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend

Mike Wood: Crime is significantly lower than it was in the mid-1990s, but there has been a change in the pattern and the nature of it. The increases in crime have been in what many people would regard as the more serious types of crime, particularly violent crimes.

Mike Wood: How many prisons have triggered urgent notifications since the system was introduced at the end of last year? How does that number break down between privately managed prisons and those run by the public sector?


Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Mike Wood: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the key human right in this case is access to a full and fair trial, and that the UK Government must do everything they can to make sure that is possible? If UK agencies and authorities were to withhold evidence they have in their possession, it would put that fundamentally at risk?


Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Prison serves many functions and purposes: to punish, to reform, but also to protect wider society. That protection relies on being able to restrict and prevent criminal activities in order to break up the existing networks and ensure that the crimes and offences for which prisoners are in jail cannot continue while they remain there.

The primary role of prison must be to keep the public safe, and to achieve that sustainably we must keep prison officers and prison staff safe, but, as was highlighted by

Mike Wood: What progress the Government have made on improving the safety of prison officers.


Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Mike Wood: Is my hon. Friend as concerned as I am that The Times journalist who uncovered the Rotherham child abuse scandal said that it would have been inconceivable—that is the word he used—for the newspaper to have run that story on its front page had section 40 been in place? How would that have damaged the investigation?


Matt Warman Conservative, Boston and Skegness

Mike Wood: I intend to speak only briefly, as this is a strong Bill that will empower people to take control of their data. I am pleased to see such broad support for it receiving its Second Reading, but I am not able to support the provisions in the Bill that would implement section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

I rise to present a petition on behalf of residents of Dudley South relating to nature reserves in Dudley South.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of Dudley South,

Although the vast majority of privately owned car parks treat their customers with respect, there are still far too many rogue operators. As Members are aware, a common scenario takes place whereby people park their car, pay for a ticket and leave without giving it a second through, but receive a parking ticket in the post some days later demanding an up-front payment within a specified timescale. If they do not pay right away, the fine may double—it is pay now or pay more.

It is a pleasure and privilege to take part in this debate on what could hardly be a more important subject, one literally of life and death, as has been said. I join hon. Members in congratulating my hon. Friend

Mike Wood: Does the Minister agree that a police cell or a police station is not a suitable place for an innocent person suffering from mental health problems, and will she support initiatives such as the mental health triage projects in the West Midlands to make sure that people with mental health problems get the medical support they need when they need it?


Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Mike Wood: My right hon. Friend’s Department will have received a letter from West Midlands mayor Andy Street on our police funding, which I hope she will consider appropriately. Will she also ensure that local police forces, including mine in the West Midlands, have all the resources they need to do their important counter-terrorism work?


Amber Rudd (The Secretary of State for the Home Department)

Mike Wood: What assessment he has made of the effect of prisoners participating in sporting activities on improving rehabilitation rates.


Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

There is strong evidence that physical education and sport improve the wellbeing and motivation of those in custody and ex-offenders in the community. Both improve their prospects of successful resettlement.