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Buying Agency/Civil Estate

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans she has for (a) the Buying Agency and (b) property advisers to the Civil Estate. [145190]

Mr. Andrew Smith: I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Presili Pembrokeshire (Mrs. Lawrence) on 19 December 2000, Official Report, columns 162-63W.


Legal Services Commission

Mr. Viggers: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost was of the publication by the Legal Services Commission of a document listing lawyers in the Welsh language; and for what reason it was circulated to every hon. Member. [144845]

Mr. Lock: The cost of the translation, print and distribution of approximately 2,100 copies of the Welsh version of the Community Legal Service Directory was £33,700.

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This document was circulated to organisations including advice agencies, solicitors, libraries, courts, hon. Members and other information points to ensure that Welsh speakers accessing service have the opportunity of obtaining information in Welsh.

This document was only circulated to hon. Members representing Welsh constituencies but a keyboard error resulted in the hon. Member for Gosport receiving a Welsh directory instead of one for the Southern region. The Legal Services Commission has assured me that this error will not occur again.

Cross-sectoral Bodies

Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the local, sub-regional and regional partnerships, boards of zones and other cross-sectoral bodies supported by his Department; how many of each there are; and with which funding streams they are associated. [144438]

Mr. Lock: This information is not held centrally. In delivering its objectives, the Lord Chancellor's Department works in partnership with a range of organisations both formally and informally. For example, there are 153 Community Legal Service Partnerships (CLSPs) in England and Wales. The Legal Services Commission is a key member on each of the CLSPs and it takes account of the CLSP strategic plan when determining its local expenditure from the CLS Fund. The CLSPs provide the forum for the LSC to co-ordinate its local expenditure with other funders of local legal services, such as local authorities, the National Lottery Charities Board, and charitable trusts. There are also 12 Regional Legal Service Committees (RLSC). The RLSCs are responsible for advising the LSC on its expenditure from the CLS Fund.

The Lord Chancellor's Department also contributes to the secretariat support for a number of other committees in the criminal justice system, both at a national and local level. Some examples include the Criminal Justice Consultative Council, the Area Criminal Justice Strategy Committees and national Trials Issues Group which comprise senior representatives of the various criminal justice agencies and services.

There is a network of Family Court Business Committees and Family Court Fora across the country which monitor the operation of the Children Act. There is one Family Court Business Committee for each care centre in the country (48). The same arrangements apply for Fora but these have been merged with Family Court Business Committees in some areas. These are not funded centrally but the Court Service pays for the administration.

Departmental Projects

Mr. Brady: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1 May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category. [144081]

Mr. Lock: Total expenditure on projects by consultants for the Lord Chancellor's Department from May 1997 to March 2000 was £2,444,651. The total costs incurred on

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projects carried out by independent academic researchers from May 1997 to December 2000 was £126,595 and by university departments was £3,560,683. These projects are listed below.

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