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Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many judicial appointments she has made since taking up office; what criteria are used to select people suitable for judicial appointments; and how many judicial appointees she has made who are (a) women and (b) from ethnic backgrounds. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Drawing on information currently held on the judicial appointments database, we estimate that the Lord Chancellor has appointed or recommended for appointment a total of 15,703 judicial officers in the courts and tribunals, between 2 May 1997 and 31 January 2002. This figure includes full-time and part-time professional legal judicial officers and professional non-legal judicial officers (including first appointments and re-appointments), lay magistrates and General Commissioners of Income Tax. Of all these appointments, the database shows that 5,326 were women and 1,530 declared themselves as from minority ethnic backgrounds, with 2,953 appointments being of unknown ethnic origin.
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Ms Rosie Winterton: There are no staff from the Statutory Publications Office located outside London. All staff of the Statutory Publications Office are located within the Lord Chancellor's Department headquarters in Selborne House in central London.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The total number of (a) whole- time staff employed by the Statutory Publications Office is 25. The total number of (b) part-time staff employed by the Statutory Publications Office is two.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Responsibility for all hard copy publications previously processed by the Statutory Publications Office was, with one exception, transferred on 1 April 1997 to Her Majesty's Stationery Office within the Cabinet Office. The exception related to the publication "Statutes in Force" (SIF) which contained the revised text of all in-force UK Acts and Measures. All revision work on SIF was suspended in September 1993 when the work had been revised to 1 February 1991. Work in relation to the issue of newly enacted Acts for inclusion in SIF continued until the end of 1999. Except as mentioned above, during the period mentioned in the question, the Statutory Publications Office has been concerned solely with the development of the Statute Law Database, a historical database of in-force statute law which represents the electronic successor to SIF.
Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what official foreign visits the Official Solicitor has made since his appointment; and what was the purpose of such visits. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Official Solicitor has made one foreign visit. In April 2000 he attended and spoke as the sole representative for England and Wales at the 4th International Conference of Public Trustees and Public Guardians held in Singapore.
Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) whole-time and (b) part-time staff work in the Official Solicitor's office; and how many were employed (a) whole-time and (b) part-time when he took up his office. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: On 1 August 1999 there were 99 full-time staff and five part-time staff in the office of the Official Solicitor. On 1 April 2001 30 members of staff left the Office of the Official Solicitor for the newly established Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), and on the same date 90 staff from the former Trust Division of the Public Trust Office transferred into the office of the Official Solicitor, which became the office of the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee. There are currently 154 full-time staff and nine part-time staff working in the combined office.
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Ms Rosie Winterton: The Official Solicitor's records show that his active cases (in all areas of his then work) as at August 1999 numbered 3,921; as at December 2001 the active cases for the combined office of the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee numbered 5,647. Annual figures are published in the Official Solicitor's annual reports, which are available in the Library of the House. A monthly breakdown, if required, may be obtained from the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee's office.
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(19) Financial year
(20) Calendar year
(21) Excludes applications granted or refused in the magistrates courts as these figures are not available prior to 1997.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Court Service has staff located throughout England and Wales, providing a wide range of services to court users, including family related work. We are unable to provide a breakdown of the number of staff working on family related work, although the total number of staff employed by the Lord Chancellor's Department, by region of the UK, was provided in an answer given to the hon. Member for North Tayside (Pete Wishart) on 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 1017W.
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Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many staff employed by her Department on community legal services are located in offices outside London; and in which locations. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Lord Chancellor's Department employs nobody outside London on community legal services. The Community Legal Service is delivered by the Legal Services Commission through the Community Legal Service Partnerships and contacted suppliers, and these include both lawyers in private practice and organisations in the not-for-profit sector.
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