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Magistrates Courts (Devon)

Mr. Bradshaw: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what recent representations he has received about the future of magistrates courts in Devon; and if he will make a statement. [114044]

Jane Kennedy: I have recently received 11 representations from hon. Members, justices of the peace and other local interested parties, following Devon and Cornwall magistrates courts committee's proposals to close 13 of its 25 courthouses.

The Government's policy is that magistrates courts in Devon are best managed by the local magistrates courts committee. Decisions concerning the number of magistrates courts in its area are for Devon and Cornwall magistrate courts committee to determine.

Court of Protection

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what arrangements have been put in place to monitor the financial affairs of people who lack capacity and who no longer come within the protective jurisdiction of the Court of Protection since the capital threshold was raised to £10,000; what plans he has to raise the threshold further; and what further safeguards he plans to enable ministers to exercise their responsibility for the protective oversight of the financial affairs of the people affected. [115724]

Jane Kennedy: The capital threshold of £10,000 is one of the criteria used when considering the appropriate arrangements which need to be made to protect peoples finances where they lack capacity. It is one of a set of stringent criteria applied when determining what level of intervention is required in day-to-day affairs of clients who have widely differing circumstances. The level of monitoring is considered in every individual case.

I will consider raising the threshold further when the effectiveness of these new arrangements has been assessed.

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Websites

Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the expenditure incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on (a) the setting up and (b) the operation of websites, indicating the cases in which the expenditure has been above that budgeted; and if he will list for each website (i) the topics covered, (ii) the average number of hits per month and (iii) the estimated expenditure on each website for each of the next three years. [115089]

Mr. Lock: The information sought regarding the websites of my Department, agencies and non- departmental bodies is as listed:



























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    i. 2000-01: unknown at this stage


    ii. 2001-02: unknown at this stage


    iii. 2002-03: unknown at this stage


    4. The Public Trust Office


    a. Set up costs: £2,500


    b. Operating Costs (1999-2000): £2,000


    c. Topics covered: introduction to the PTO; charter statements for each business area; details of the complaints procedure; "dormant funds in court" and links to other relevant sites.


    d. Average number of unique access hits per month: Not currently monitored.


    e. The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    s: i. 2000-01: estimated at £20,000. A contract to re-design, build and maintain the website is about to be let. This will provide both for initial work and ongoing development over the next year.


    ii. 2001-02 and 2002-03: the future location of the work done by the PTO is under consideration, following the Quinquennial Review of the agency published in October 1999. Due to this, it is not possible to say what the expenditure will be nor by which department it might be incurred.


    5. The Public Record Office


    a. Set up costs: Total development cost £2,100,000.


    b. Operating Costs (1999-2000): £70,000.


    c. Topics covered: the public records; the services provided by the PRO and Family Records Centre; the operation of the public records system; the PRO contribution to the National Grid for Learning; information for records managers, conservators and the archives profession; the interactive enquiries service; interactive consultation on new developments; and links to other sites of archival or historical interest.


    d. Average number of unique access hits per month: 1,430,262


    e. The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    i. 2000-01: £80,000 (development costs--£500,000)


    ii. 2001-02: £90,000 (development costs--£500,000)


    iii. 2002-03: £100,000 (development costs--£500,000)


    6. Her Majesty's Land Registry


    a. Set up costs: £1,000


    b. Operating Costs (1999-2000): £31,350


    c. Topics covered: About the Land Registry; Exhibitions and Events; Complaints procedure; Areas served by the Land Registry; Direct Access Service; Fees Calculators; Online publications including Annual Report and Accounts; Business Plan; information leaflets; application forms, District Land Registries, Residential Property Price Reports; Guide to Land Registry Services; Feedback facility; Online Property price database.


    d. Average number of unique access hits per month: 29,000


    e. The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    i. 2000-01: £44,431


    ii. 2001-02: £44,431


    iii. 2002-03: £44,431


    7. The Law Commission


    a. Set up costs: £2,400


    b. Operating Costs (1999-2000): £12,000


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    d. Average number of unique access hits per month: 3,500


    e. The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    i. 2000-01: £18,500


    ii. 2001-02: £18,500


    iii. 2002-02: £18,500


    8. The Official Solicitor's Office


    a. Set up costs: nil


    b. Operating Costs: (1999-2000): £120


    c. Topics covered: History of the Office; current legal basis and staffing of the office; areas of work covered and workloads; information for the legal profession and for individuals.


    d. Average number of unique access hits per month: not known.


    e. The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    i. 2000-01: £120 (but website development to be reviewed)


    ii. 2001-02: £120


    iii. 2002-03: £120


    9. The Judicial Studies Board


    a. Set up costs: £925


    b. Operating Costs (1999-2000): £1,080


    c. Topics covered: the structure and work of the JSB and its committees; all publications that are available free of charge to members of the public (for example, the "Annual Report" and "Annual Lecture") as well as those publications whose circulation on paper was previously limited simply for financial reasons (for example, the "Equal Treatment Bench Book" and the "Specimen Directions").


    d. Average number of unique access hits per month: 450


    e. The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    iv. 2000-01: £1,000


    v. 2001-02: £5,000


    vi. 2002-03: £3,000


    10. HM Magistrates' Court Service Inspectorate


    a. Set up costs: £7,000.


    b. Operating Costs (1999-2000): £7,208


    c. Topics covered: What's new; Who MCSI are; what MCSI do; how to contact MCSI; Published documents--field inspection, thematic review, business plan and guidelines; Order forms; feedback from the public; links to other related sites


    d. Average number of unique access hits per month: 116


    e. The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    i. 2000-01: £15,000


    ii. 2001-02: £6,500


    iii. 2002-03: £6,500


    11. The Legal Aid Board


    a. Set up costs: £47,000.


    b. Operating Costs (1999-2000): £12,920


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    d. Average number of unique access hits per month: 15,000


    e. The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    i. 2000-01: £43,000


    ii. 2001-02: £25,000


    iii. 2002-03: £25,000


    12. The Civil Justice Council


    a. Set up costs: £1,116


    b. Operating Costs: £1,175


    c. Topics covered: the background of the Council; the membership of the Council and its Sub-Committees; and summary reports of Council and Sub-Committee meetings.


    d. Average number of unique access hits per month: Not monitored.


    e. The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    i. 2000-01: £1,175


    ii. 2001-02: £1,175


    iii. 2002-03: £1,175.


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