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Boris Johnson appeared before the Liaison Committee comprising MPs from various political parties after Prime Minister’s Questions. He was questioned on a variety of topics, including violence against women, the economy, and his feelings on wearing masks.
We’ve been checking into some of his assertions from earlier in the day.
‘I believe we’re putting about £85 million extra on prosecutors for the Crown Prosecution Service.’
When asked what he was doing to enhance the prosecution of rape cases, Mr Johnson responded as follows.
In August 2019, the government pledged an additional £85 million for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), to be spent over two years, to assist combat violent crime in general, not just rape.
Even with the additional cash, the CPS budget for 2020-21 was around 26% lower than it was in 2010-11, when inflation and growing costs were taken into account.
In this article, Reality Check investigates other claims regarding low rape prosecution rates.
‘We’re changing the culture because 42 percent of [recruits to] the Met are now female.’
Following the death of Sarah Everard, Mr Johnson made this comment in answer to a query regarding public trust in the police.
By 2022, the Metropolitan Police wants 50 percent of new police recruits to be women.
The Metropolitan Police Service revealed in October that women made up 42.4 percent of all new constables and detectives hired in 2021.
As of March this year, 29 percent of current Met police officers were female, according to the Home Office.
‘I wasn’t wearing a mask for less than 30 seconds.’
On November 8, Mr Johnson was questioned whether he wore a mask during his visit to Hexham Hospital.
“I wear a mask wherever the regulations indicate I should,” he stated at a press conference on November 15 when asked about it.
“Anyone entering our hospitals and community settings must continue to wear a facial covering at all times, to safeguard patients, visitors, and staff,” says the Northumbria NHS Trust.
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Mr Johnson stated before the Liaison Committee that he had not worn a mask for a short time but had “put it on as soon as I realized I had made that error – I apologise for it.”
According to a statement released by the hospital trust, he strolled down a hallway “for a very small length of time, without a mask,” and “this brief moment was recorded on video.”
‘We’re still investing £10 billion in official development assistance this year.’
The government has cut the amount it spends on international assistance, known as Official Development Assistance (ODA), from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of gross national income (GNI), a measure of the size of the economy.
Despite the drop, the prime minister told the committee that the UK continues to invest £10 billion per year and that “we remain the third biggest ODA contributor in the G7 in terms of GNI.”
The UK’s ODA expenditure is expected to be closer to £11 billion this year.
In the G7 group of large, industrialised countries, it is predicted to be the third largest spender on ODA (as a % of GNI), after Germany and France.
Last year, the United Kingdom came in second, ahead of France.
More information about the UK’s assistance cutbacks may be found here.
‘Unemployment is currently at near-record lows,’ says the economist.
Unemployment is far lower than anticipated early in the epidemic, and it is at historically low levels.
Many analysts had predicted that the jobless rate would increase beyond 5%.
According to the most recent numbers from the Office for National Statistics, it is 4.3 percent.
However, this is still greater than the 3.8 percent in 2019 before the epidemic.
It’s a disparity of almost 350,000 individuals.
The data goes all the way back to 1971.
In late 1973, the actual record low was 3.4 percent.
‘We need additional 50,000 nurses, and we’re on course to get them by the end of the Parliament,’ says the minister.
Mr Johnson initially announced the vow to hire 50,000 extra nurses during the 2019 general election.
According to the most recent numbers, England had 310,935 full-time equivalent NHS nurses and health visitors in August 2021.
And although that number has increased by 14,842 since December 2019, there are still just over 35,000 positions to fill until the next election.
“We are trying as hard as we can to obtain additional GPs,” the prime minister told the committee.
The administration promised before the election that by 2024, there will be 6,000 more general practitioners.
“I do not believe we are on pace,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid told another committee of MPs earlier this month.
“I’m not going to act like we’re on track when we plainly aren’t.”
More information on whether the government is following through on election pledges may be found here.
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