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Harriet Harman: The Lord Chancellor has made 449 judicial appointments since 1 March 2005. A table detailing the names of those appointed, and the posts to which they were appointed to, has been placed in the Library of both Houses.
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Figures for the number of people who were appointed in 2000 are not available. Collection of figures in 2000 changed from the calendar year to the financial year, no figures were published because of the three month gap January to March 2000.
Harriet Harman: There is currently no vacancy in the Office of Lord Chief Justice. If in the future a vacancy does occur, the procedure will be that my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor will advise the Prime Minister, who will make a recommendation to Her Majesty. Once the Queen has approved the appointment, it will be announced by the Prime Minister's Office.
Harriet Harman: The Electoral Commission, under Section 5 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, has a statutory duty to report on the administration of all parliamentary general elections. We would expect their report on the 2005 general election to include analysis of the administration of postal voting, as was the case with their report on the 2001 general election.
Additionally, information about postal votes at the 2005 general election will be included in The Electoral Commission's report on participation and turnout, to be released later in the summer.
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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions her Department has had with electoral returning officers on (a) electoral fraud and (b) administrative errors involving postal votes. 
Harriet Harman: Throughout the general election period, we held daily discussions with representatives of electoral returning officers about the progress of the elections. An advisory board for the general election was set up in October 2004 to discuss the running of the general election.
Members of the group included electoral administrators and we will be holding an evaluation meeting to discuss the recent election, including the experience of postal voting. We have also arranged a number of meetings with electoral administrators to discuss the postal voting security measures announced after the general election.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the petitions made to Election Commissioners concerning allegations of electoral fraud involving postal votes since 1997; and what the findings of the Election Commissioners were in each case. 
Harriet Harman: A list of all petitions issued since 1997 in parliamentary, European and municipal elections is as follows. Those petitions that are recorded as "lapsed" are due to non payment of security for costs and as a result are not commonly in the public domain.
Details of petitions are entered into two separate registers. These registers do not contain sufficient information to state which petitions specifically related to allegations of electoral fraud involving postal votes in every case.
|14 May1997||Dagenham||Richard Henry Dawson||Jack Thomas||R/O negligent in that he accepted nominations from non-electors etc.||Lapsed|
|15 May 1997||Winchester||Gerald Malone||Mark Oaten, Lindsey Garrett Fox||Quality of ballot papers rejected for want of official mark and rejected ballot papers disputed||Special case 6 October 1997. Petition allowed|
|22 May1997||North East Bedfordshire||Ashley Leggett||Sir Nicholas Walter Lyell QC, George Coates||Sir Nicholas Walter Lyell formerly Peter Rubery Hayward prevented from standing as a candidate by interim injunction obtained by Sir Nicholas Walter Lyell QC||Lapsed|
|10 August 2001||Romford||Peter Brian Thorogood||Andrew Rosindell||Offences contrary to s 113 (i) and (2)(b)of RPA1983 (no details given)||Lapsed|
|14 June 2004||Eastern England||John James Naisbitt||David Monks||Various||Struck out 30 July 2004|
|15 September 1997||Pakenham Ward of St. Edmundsbury||Lisa Francis Couper||Lynn Aisbett, Valerie Ann White||Votes cast for petition wrongly recorded by|
|Special case 17 October 1997. Petition allowed. Second respondent not duly elected. Petitioner should have been declared duly elected.|
|6 May 1999||Daneside Ward of Seaham town council||Steven Paul Colbon||Geraldine Bleasdale, John Henry Bleasdale, James Dickinson Edwards, Toni Robson, Marion Florence Wood, James Sheenin||Nomination rejected as invalid||Special case 30 July 1999 Petition dismissed. Issued out of time|
|26 May 1999||Selby central ward, Selby district council||Wendy Ruth Nicholls||Melanie Ann Davis, Richard Kenneth Fogden, Martin Connor||Votes incorrectly counted||Special case 30 July 1999. Petition allowed. Election valid. Second respondent not elected. Petitioner elected|
|26 May 1999||Creneswater ward of Southsea parish council||Simon James Cattermole||Nicola Vanessa Bentley, Rubayat Rahman Choud, David Heaven, Roger James, Nick Gurney||Votes incorrectly counted||Special case 30 July 1999 Petition allowed. Election valid. Fourth respondent not elected. Petitioner elected.|
|27 May 1999||Longfield ward of Dartford borough council||Alistair Samuel Jordan||Robert John Dunn, Albert Raymond Bassum, Jeremy Alan Kite, Christopher Shepherd||Candidate disqualified for standing(did not occupy property within area for whole of previous 12 months||Lapsed|
|27 May 1999||Aston ward, Birmingham district council||Gabra Miah||Ahmed Iftikhar||1. Illegal practice, respondent published false statements about petition.|
2. Corrupt practice, third party included unauthorised election expenses.
3. Invalid nomination of fellow candidate
|11 November 1999 Commissioner application to dismiss by respondent. Allowed. Petition dismissed. Trial date vacated.|
|27 May 1999||Parish of Baileston||Ruth Marjorie Dickson||Robert Charles Bailey and ors||Votes incorrectly counted||Special case 15 December 1999. Petition allowed. Election valid. Fifteenth respondent not elected. Tenth respondent elected.|
|27 May 1999||Rossington West ward of Rossington parish council||Barry Johnson||Nicholas Dobson, Doreen Appleby and ors||Votes incorrectly counted||Special case 30 July 1999. Petition allowed. Election valid. Second respondent not elected. Petitioner elected.|
|25 May 1999||Haughton East||Leslie Upton||David Lynotte and 8 ors||Undue influence impeding free exercise of franchise by use of Cabinet Minister and ors officials to influence voters||Lapsed|
|20 April 2000||South East ward of Knighton town council in Powys||Janice Geraldine Harris||Angus John Gilmore, Jackie Tonge||Votes incorrectly counted (some not counted)||Special case 11 December 2000. Petition allowed. Election valid. First respondent not elected. Petitioner elected.|
|20 May 2000||Parish of Bracknell ward of Bracknell town council||Walter Alfred Thompson||Susan Margaret Thompson, Gordon Mitchell||Votes incorrectly counted||Special case 25 July 2000. Petition allowed. Election valid. First respondent not elected. Petitioner elected.|
|25 May 2000||Sparkhill ward of Birmingham city council||Emily Cox, Amen Ellachi, Akhlag Ahmed, Tony King,||Jagdip Rai and chief executive of Birmingham city council||Personation, error, treating, bribery, undue influence overspending election expenses||25 July 2000 Application to strike out on grounds of late service of petition. Dismissed|
|25 May 2000||Nicholls ward, Birmingham city council||Abdul Malik||Mohammed Mansoor and Returning Officer||Voters abroad shown as having voted||Lapsed|
|27 June 2001||South Ribble North-West electoral division of Lancashire county council||Peter Terence Wakeling||Anthony Edward Pimblett, Max Winterbottom||Ballot papers for another electoral division handed out to some voters in error.||Special case 5 October 2001. Petition allowed. Election void. First respondent not duly elected.|
|27 June 2001||Ellogen North electoral division, Redruth, Cornwall||Terence Alan Rowe||Paul Thomas Holmes, Geoffrey Gordon Cox, Adam John Beer, Noel Hutchinson||2 votes included wrongly||Special case 18 December 2001 Petition allowed. Election void. First respondent not duly elected.|
|22 May 2002||Sands End ward of London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham||Colin George Pavelin||Richard Harbord, Stephen James Hamilton||Ballot papers rejected for want of official mark affected result||Special case 31 July 2002. Petition allowed. Election void. Second respondent not duly elected.|
|23 May 2002||Aston ward, city of Birmingham||Nain Ahmed||Anthony Paul Kennedy, Stewart Dobson||Successful candidate made false statements about petitions for purpose of affecting the result and/or alleged irregularities regarding opening of postal votes||4 October 2002 Petition struck out against second respondent 11 October 2002 Petition struck out against first respondent|
|23 May 2002||Little Horton ward of Bradford metropolitan borough council||Jamshed Khan||Taj Mubarik Salam, Ian J Stewart||Error in counting votes||29 November 2002 Petition dismissed.|
|23 May 2002||Cheetham ward, city of Manchester||Habib Ullah, Mohammed Sabir, Basten Ahmed Misbah Begum||Martin Donald Pagel, Andrew Scallen||Requests for proxy votes ignored, personation, delay in taking ballot box to council, comments by first respondent during campaign.||11 October 2002 Petition struck out.|
|23 May 2002||Peckham ward, London borough of Southwark||Mike Jinnah Rahman, Annette Pallas, Natalie Ajeon||Barrie John Hargrove, William Kayada, Tayo Adelane Situ||Marked register missing, Ballot box late arriving at court, count started before candidates arrived, voters removed from register, confusion over postal votes||29 November 2002 Petition dismissed with consent of first petitioner on behalf of co petitioners.|
|21 May 2003||Belle Vale and Hasbury ward, metropolitan borough of Dudley||Martin Christopher Knight||Jill Cheryl Nicholls, Andrew Sparke||Failure by R/O to ensure issued ballot papers were delivered in accordance with Part V of Rep of People Regulations 2001||19 December 2003 petition dismissed|
|21 May 2003||St. Helens borough council in the parish of Sereley Green||Sandra Cleary||Joan Davies, Peter Blackburn||Votes miscounted||Special case 17 October 2003 Election void, Joan Davies not duly elected.|
|21 May 2003||College ward of Wansbeck district council||James Sawyer||Michael Raymond Kirkup, Robert Stephenson||Votes miscounted block of votes wrongly allocated to candidates||Special case 17 October 2003 Election void, first respondent not duly elected. Petitioner duly elected.|
|21 May 2003||Broughton and Appleby ward, North Lincolnshire district council||Kenneth Anthony Edgell||Ivan Glover, Michael Garnett||Ballot papers in respect of postal voter wrongly counted(did not bear signature and authentication of voter||4 November 2003 Petition granted. Election void. Ivan Glover not duly elected|
|23 May 2003||Hartley parish council||Trevor Royston Modell||Christopher Alford||False statements against petitioner issued by respondent calculated to affect petitioners prospects of being re-elected||Lapsed|
|28 May 2003||Lightwater ward, borough of Surrey-Heath||Lindsey Fellows||Malcolm Bell, Dorothy Drummond, Peter Edward, Harper, Alan Clevely, Mr. Ghandum||Election circulation delivered by Royal Mail to constituents in contravention of RP Act||31 July 2003 Permission to withdraw granted|
|28 May 2003||Windlesham parish council( Lightwater ward||Lindsey Fellows||Surinder Ghandum, Alan Clevely||Election circulation delivered by Royal Mail to constituents in contravention of RP Act||31 July 2003 Permission to withdraw granted|
|23 June 2004||Aston ward, Birmingham city council||Ayaz Iqbal, Nagmen Mir, Qadeer Ahmed, Naser Iqbal||Mohammed Islam, Muhammed Afzal, Mohammed Kazi, Lin Homer||Various concerning postal voting||4 April 2005 petition allowed, election void|
|29 June 2003||Park ward, Calderdale metropolitan borough||C M Saghir, Shakir Saghir, Faisal Saghir||M Najib and 3 ors||All postal ballot pilot failed. Breach of duty. Improper and unfair conduct||22 March 2005 Petition struck out|
|29 June 2003||Bordesley Green, Birmingham city council||Jamil Akhtar and 3 ors||Shah Jahan and 6 ors||Disputing postal ballot papers (tampering and personation||4 April 2005 Petition allowed, election void|
|30 June 2004||Derringham ward, Kingston upon Hull||John Philip Considine||John Didrichsen||Various (postal ballot papers||24 November 2004 election void|
|6 July 2004||Flintshire||Peter Pemberton||Stella Jones||Tyrone Wilcox was disqualified from standing for election||20 December 2004 petition dismissed|
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