Government accused of 'failing' crime victims
Labour has accused the government of "failing the victims of crime" by not making the victims' commissioner for England and Wales a full-time position.
Robert Flello quoted the government as saying the commissioner fills a "wonderful opportunity" to put victims "at the heart" of the justice system.
But the shadow justice minister questioned why the commissioner will only work 10 days a month, and why "two months after the announcement, she still hasn't started".
Justice Minister Helen Grant insisted the government was prioritising the most vulnerable victims of crime to give them the support they need, during justice questions on 5 February 2013.
Baroness Newlove - the widow of a man murdered by a gang vandalising his car - was appointed the new victims' commissioner in December last year.
The position had been vacant since since Louise Casey, the first person to take on the role, moved to a new post in October 2011.
Lady Newlove will champion victims' views and advise the government on good practice, in her three-year post.
Ms Grant, responding to Mr Flello's comments, said the commissioner "is a very able women" who can "multi-task".
"She like me wants to put victims and vulnerable witnesses at the heart of the criminal justice system, where they belong," she added.
Lady Newlove has campaigned against violence since her husband was attacked and killed by youths outside their Warrington home in 2007.
The session in the Commons also included questions on prisoners addicted to Class A drugs, alternatives to short-term prison sentences and plans for the probation service.