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Pete Wishart: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will estimate the total value of London weightings and London living allowances for her Department; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: London weighting was consolidated into basic pay on 30 September 1994, at which time it was valued at:
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Pete Wishart: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will estimate total staff costs for her Department and its agencies by nation and region of the UK; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The total staff costs for the Department are as follows (baselines for 2001):
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Pete Wishart: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and what proportion of each Civil Service grade in his Department is located in each region and nation of the UK; what the average salary is for each grade; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The number and proportion of staff in the Department is given in table 1.
|Region||All grades||SCS level||Level 6/7||SEO/HEO level||EO level||AO and below|
|Number of staff by grade and region|
|Headquarters staff(73) in LCD, the Court Service and the Public Guardianship Office||2,950||70||286||791||701||1,102|
|Court Service Circuits|
|South Eastern (London)(73)||625||2||9||58||198||358|
|Supreme Court Group(73)||1,821||4||55||186||493||1,083|
|South Eastern (Provincial)||1,546||0||7||136||242||1,161|
|Midland and Oxford||1,331||1||6||125||190||1,009|
|Wales and Chester||581||1||5||72||83||420|
|Percentage of staff by grade level and region|
|Headquarters staff(73) in LCD, the Court Service and the Public Guardianship Office||24||86||73||48||28||15|
|Court Service Circuits|
|South Eastern (London)(73)||5||2||2||4||8||5|
|Supreme Court Group(73)||15||5||14||11||20||14|
|South Eastern (Provisional)||13||0||2||8||10||15|
|Midland and Oxford||11||1||2||8||8||13|
|Wales and Chester||5||1||1||4||3||6|
(73) Staff mainly based in London
The average salaries are as follows (as at 1 August 2001, following the 2001 pay review).
|LCD HQ and associated offices|| Public Guardianship Office
||Pay band||Average salary||Pay range||Average salary
|Pay span||National||Outer London||Intermed London||Inner London|
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Pete Wishart: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the total amount of spending by his Department was in each nation and region of the UK, in the last year for which figures are available; what proportion of his Department's total spending this constitutes; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Wills: The information requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what the average delay was in hearing contested cases in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) Crown courts in each of the last three years; 
Mr. Wills: I refer the right hon. Member to the table which provides the information requested.
|Average waiting time in magistrates' courts between: charge and first listingfirst listing and completion||Average waiting time in the Crown Court between committal and start of trial|
(74) In 1998, magistrates courts contested trial determined by an initial Not Guilty plea or no plea, 1999 and later years by the fact of a trial occurring.
(75) Survey conducted in March.
(76) January to June 2001.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what percentage of (a) wholly contested and (b) partly contested cases are acquitted in (i) magistrates courts and (ii) Crown courts. 
Mr. Wills: In the calendar year 2000, 31 per cent. and 41.4 per cent. of wholly contested cases were acquitted in the magistrates courts and Crown court respectively. For the same period, the percentages of partly contested cases were 13 per cent. and 21.1 per cent. respectively. The table gives a breakdown of the figures for 1998, 1999 and 2000.
|Magistrates courts||Crown courts|
|(a) Wholly contested cases|
|(b) Partly contested cases|
|(c) Total contests|
CPS Caseload Statistics
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Mr. Lilley: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many either-way cases heard in magistrates courts were contested in each year since 1999. 
Mr. Wills: There were 23,022 either-way cases contested in the magistrates courts in 1999; 21,808 in 2000; and 10,471 between January and June 2001. The figures are for prosecutions by the Crown Prosecution Service onlyfigures for other prosecutors in the magistrates courts are not available.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many either-way defendants were elected for trial in the Crown court in each year since 1999. 
Mr. Wills: Figures specifically relating to either-way defendants are not collected. However, the table shows the number of Class 4 offence cases committed for trial to the Crown court in each year since 1999. These figures cover all triable either-way offences but do include an element of Class 4 indictable-only offences as well.
(77) January to June
These figures include both triable either-way and indictable-only offences
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