Dr. Wright : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list those responsible for making appointments of (a) chairs and (b) members of the boards to each of the executive non- departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department.
Mr. John M. Taylor : There are two executive non-departmental public bodies sponsored by the Lord Chancellor's Department : the Legal Aid Board and the Authorised Conveyancing Practitioners Board. The Lord Chancellor makes the appointments of both the chair and members of each of them.
Dr. Wright : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, for each of the non-departmental bodies sponsored by his Department, whether the public has a statutory right to attend all board or committee meetings and to inspect (a) minutes of meetings, (b) the annual reports and (c) the annual accounts.
Mr. John M. Taylor : There is no statutory right to attend the board or committee meetings, or to inspect the minutes, of any of the Lord Chancellor's Department's non-departmental public bodies. However, as far as the tribunals are concerned, it is open to the public to attend the hearings.
The following bodies are required by statute to produce annual reports which are laid before Parliament :
Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct
Authorised Conveyancing Practitioners Board
Legal Aid Board
Council on Tribunals
Legal Aid Advisory Committee
Legal Aid Advisory Committee (NI)
The first four of these bodies include their accounts in their reports ; the others do not produce accounts. In addition : --the annual report of the Advisory Council on Public Records is included in the annual report of the Keeper of Public Records which is required by statute to be laid before Parliament ; and --the Judicial Studies Board produces periodic reports which are published by HMSO, but no accounts.
The remaining bodies produce neither reports nor accounts.
Dr. Wright : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will publish a table showing, in 1992-93 prices, the gross public spending for each year since 1990-91 and the projected expenditure for each year to 1995-96 for each executive non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department, as listed in "Public Bodies 1993".
non-departmental public bodies : the Authorised Conveyancing Practitioners Board and the Legal Aid Board.
Authorised Conveyancing Practitioners Board |£ million ------------------------------ 1990-91 |0.290 1991-92 |0.349 1992-93 |0.231 The figure for 1990-91 was the cost of setting up the board, which has been inactive since March 1992. The costs in 1992-93 relate to on-going costs and the scaling down of its operations. No provision was made for its financing after 31 March 1993.
Legal Aid Board Gross public expenditure |£ million ------------------------------ 1990-91 |634 1991-92 |886 1992-93 |1,117 1993-94 |<1>1,328 1994-95 |<1>1,592 1995-96 |<1>1,808 <1> estimated outturn.
Alan Brakefield Esq
Ms Tamara Goriely
Alan Mills Esq
Ms Katharine Mortimer
Mrs. June P. O'Dell OBE
There is currently a vacancy for the post of chairman.
Sir Thomas Bingham, the right honourable Master of the Rolls Members
Professor Bernard Alford
Sir John Blelloch
Dr. Alan Borg
Mrs. Lynne J. Brindley
Alexander Charles Carlile Esq. MP
Professor Richard Chapman
Terence Anthony Gordon Davis Esq. MP
Professor Richard Barrie Dobson
Miss Andrea Duncan
Victor Gray Esq
Mrs. Lynette Lithgow
Professor Shula Marks
David Sumberg Esq. MP
David Vaisey Esq. FSA
Mr. John M. Taylor [holding answer 3 February 1994] : The present members of the Legal Aid Board are John Pitts, chairman, Martin Acland, Diana Beale, Valerie Boakes, Fred Collins, Peter Jones, Kate Markus, Steve Orchard, Penelope Pearce, George Pulman QC, David Sinker, John Smith and Andrew Thomas.
Mr. John Taylor [holding answer 3 February 1994] : This information can be provided only at disproportionate cost. The latest figures available show that there are 3,948 general commissioners in England and Wales. If the hon. Member wishes me to give the names of general commissioners on particular divisions I shall be pleased to do so.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will now consider amending section 11 of the Limitation Act 1980, in light of the House of Lords decision in the case of Stubbings v. Webb ; and if he will make a statement.
Current appointments to the panel of the Financial Services Tribunal :
Mr. J. M. Bowers
Mr. D. Campbell
Mr. P. E. Heim
Mr. E. C. Woods
Mr. A. Gordon
Mr. J. E. Drummond Young
Mr. K. A. Blundell
Mr. W. M. Carson
Mr. P. G. Green
Mr. G. C. Grover
Mr. J. L. Kirkpatrick
Mr. A. F. Lamb
Mr. H. G. Littlefair
Sir James McKinnon
Mr. A. W. Mallinson
Mr. W. O'Farrell
Mr. J. B. Page
Mr. R. C. Ritchie
Mr. R. P. Wilkinson
Mr. G. Willetts
Mr. P. D. Williams
Mr. H. Woods
Mr. Charles Wardle : Chief officers may equip their officers with any of the expandable batons currently undergoing trials, although the approval of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State is required in the case of the Metropolitan police.
Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce the result of the review to determine whether unduly lenient sentences in cases of serious and complex fraud should be referrable to the Court of Appeal.
(2) what is his policy on keeping asylum seekers in detention where relatives are prepared to offer sureties.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The policy is to use the powers of detention under the Immigration Act 1971 only where there is no alternative and where there are good grounds for believing that the person concerned will not comply with any conditions attached to his release. All relevant factors are taken into account, including the person's previous immigration history, the existence of any connections with the United Kingdom, the likelihood and time scale of removal and any compassionate circumstances, including the person's medical condition.
Any application to an immigration officer to grant release on bail in accordance with paragraph 29 of schedule 2 of the 1971 Act is considered on its merits taking into account all relevant factors, including the willingness of relatives to offer sureties. A similar approach is taken in deciding whether or not to oppose an application for bail to the independent immigration appellate authorities or to the courts.
Column 659(2) what has been the total financial funding under section 11 that has been made to the London borough of Wandsworth in the current financial year.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Section 11 grant is currently paid on the basis of an authority's actual expenditure. Grant payable in relation to expenditure by the London borough of Wandsworth in the first two quarters of the current financial year amounted to £921,859.
Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of teachers employed in schools in the Tooting constituency of the London borough of Wandsworth whose salaries are paid in full or part from section 11 funding ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Some 48.6 full-time equivalent teaching posts approved for funding under section 11 are currently allocated to schools identified as being in the Tooting constituency. This figure does not include posts in central teams which provide a service to schools throughout the borough, but does include posts in grant-maintained schools which have opted out of local authority projects.
Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on section 11 funding for schools within the Greater London area for the coming financial year ; and if he will make a statement.