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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from the Department in each of the last four years. 
Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many complaints she has received about the performance of the Public Guardianship Office in each month since it was established. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many new entrants to the civil service were employed in her Department in each of the last five years; and how many in each year were aged 50 and over. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: New entrants employed in the civil service in the Lord Chancellor's Department (including agencies), and those aged 50 years or over, in each of the last five years were as follows.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what was the (a) percentage and number of rail journeys undertaken on first class tickets, (b) average cost of a first class journey by rail and (c) total cost of rail travel in each of the past four years broken down by grade of civil servant. 
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Government propose next to review fully the (a) salaries and (b) salary structure of (i) legal aid lawyers, (ii) legal aid support staff and (iii) legal aid solicitors; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Legal Services Commission (LSC) employs a small number of lawyers (barristers and solicitors) and support staff in the Public Defender Service. The first office was opened in May 2001 and there are no immediate plans to review salary structures.
Other than this, the LSC does not pay salaries to lawyers (barristers or solicitors) or support staff carrying out publicly funded work. The Department and the Commission are, however, concerned that the levels of remuneration paid to lawyers by the Commission from the Community Legal Service Fund and the Criminal Defence Service should ensure appropriate provision of legal advice and representation.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Modernising Justice White Paper, published in December 1998, set out proposals for major reforms to the legal aid system in England and Wales. These reforms, which were introduced by the Access to Justice Act 1999, were largely implemented on or after April 2000. We are confident that the system is meeting its stated objectives. We have no plans for a full review of the system, although we do keep aspects of the system under regular review.
Mr. Wills: I announced the timetable for implementation of the Act on 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 692W. This timetable means that the Act will be fully implemented in January 2005; 11 months before the deadline set by the Act.
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and (ii) 2001 to the latest convenient date; and how many adjournments were at the request of (A) the appellant and (B) the Home Office. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average response time was for responding to departmental correspondence; what percentage of letters took longer than one month for a response; and what percentage took longer than three months for a response in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Wills: The Department and its agencies deal with and monitor correspondence in different ways, and these involve a range of time limits and targets. Information on average response times and answering letters within target is set out in the following tables. Information on percentage of letters that took longer than one and three months to respond is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|Lord Chancellor's Department||15||13||14||13||9|
|Public Guardianship Office(62)|||||||||||
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(62) Formerly Public Trust Office
|Lord Chancellor's Department||77||(20)||72||(20)||88||(20)||84||(20)||85||(15)|
|Public Guardianship Office(63)||95||(20)||96||(20)||92||(20)||89||(20)||92||(15)|
|HM Land Registry||96||(5)||96||(5)||96||5||96||(5)||96||(5)|
|Public Record Office||99.5||(10)||98.5||(10)||98.5||(10)||99.6||(10)||99.3||(10)|
(63) Formerly Public Trust Office
(64) Not available
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Mr. Burnett: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether the Public Guardianship Office intends to increase the charge for registering an enduring power of attorney. [35473R]
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Public Guardianship Office has recently conducted a review of all the fees charged. Some fees will need to be increased to reflect costs. The results of the review are being considered and the outcome will be announced in due course.
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