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Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the procedure is for removing (a) a Crown court judge and (b) an Appeal Court judge; how many (i) Crown court and (ii) Appeal Court judges have been removed from office in each year since 1975; what the circumstances were in each case; and if she will make a statement. 
(a) Under section 17(4) of the Courts Act 1971, a Crown court judge can only be removed from office by the Lord Chancellor, with the agreement of the Lord Chief Justice, for misbehaviour or incapacity. This process would normally be initiated following an investigation undertaken by a judge nominated by the Lord Chief Justice, at the request of the Lord Chancellor; or following conviction for any criminal offence potentially or actually carrying a sentence of imprisonment.
(i) In the period since 1975 I am aware of one Circuit Judge who has been removed by the Lord Chancellor, exercising his statutory powers under the Courts Act 1971. That judge had been convicted of smuggling in 1983.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the 10 barristers instructed by the Treasury Solicitor to advise and to represent the Government in court proceedings who received the highest payments in the last financial year; how much each received; and if she will make a statement. 
The 10 barristers instructed by the Treasury Solicitor to advise and to represent the Government in court proceedings who were paid the highest sums for this
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work in the last financial year (ending 31 March 2005) and the amounts paid are:
|Amount paid in last financial year including VAT(108)|
|Ian Burnett QC||327,595.20|
|Stuart Catchpole QC||201,160.08|
|Leigh- Ann Mulcahy||182,478.63|
The figures must be interpreted carefully and do not represent the personal earnings of the barristers listedfigures are inclusive of VAT and disbursements incurred. After VAT has been deducted, barristers will typically pay 25 to 30 per cent. of fees in professional expenses. Additionally, barristers face the same expenses as any other self- employed person, including income tax and national insurance contributions.
Not all payments could be verified with the individuals concerned. Cases in dispute, where records of payments held by the Treasury Solicitor differ to those held by the practitioners, have been included. Where possible, amounts have been verified by practitioners and adjusted where necessary.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her answer of 1 December 2005, Official Report, columns 74243W, on criminal offences, which criminal offences were created in each Act named in her answer. 
My answer of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 74243W, listed all of the primary legislation sponsored by the Department from May 1997 rather than the criminal offences created in that legislation. This is because the information requested cannot be provided except at disproportionate cost because of the period of time covered by the question.
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John Hemming: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the deterrent effect of court awards for compensation for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. 
None. The purpose of compensation under the Data Protection Act 1998 is not to act as a deterrent, but to compensate individuals for any damage or harm arising from a breach of their rights. We have further not made any assessment.
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Projects commissioned by the Research Unit are published in hard copy in the DCA Research Series and posted on the DCA website. Other reports may be posted on the DCA or HMCS websites or produced in hard copy, but for some work in progress the exact nature of publication is not yet decided.
|Evaluation of automatic referral to mediation pilot in the Central London Civil Justice Centre||DCA Research Series|
|Impact of Debt Advice||DCA Research Series|
|Ethnic Diversity and the Jury System||DCA Research Series|
|Training and regulating those providing legal services||DCA Research Series|
|A process and outcome evaluation of court conciliation at first appointment in contact cases||DCA Research Series|
|Separating from cohabitation: How former cohabitants resolve parenting and financial issues||DCA Research Series|
|Evaluation of the implementation of the measures to support and protect victims of domestic violence in the domestic violence, crime and victims Bill||DCA Research Series|
|Problem clustering and legal remedies||DCA Research Series|
|Small claims litigantssatisfaction with process and outcomes||DCA Research Series|
|Small claims mediation scheme at Exeter County Court||DCA Research Series|
|Research on providing information to cohabitants about their rights and responsibilities through registrars||To be decided|
|An evaluation of the effectiveness of a campaign to raise awareness about the rights and responsibilities of people living in a cohabiting relationship||To be decided|
|Research on the demographic data available on cohabitants||To be decided|
|Constitutional SettlementA policy development report on Measuring Success in Constitutional Reform||To be decided|
|HMCS Charter Mark Strategy project||To be posted on HMCS website|
|National Customer Satisfaction Survey 200506||To be posted on HMCS website|
|Research into advice market structure, funding mechanisms and the consequences of these||To be decided|
|Community Justice Initiative (CJI) evaluation: Salford||To be decided|
|Community Justice Centre (CJC) evaluation: North Liverpool||To be decided|
|A literature review by Durham and Leeds Universities on encouraging engagement from debtors||To be decided|
|An evaluation of the National Mediation Helpline||On HMCS website|
|An evaluation of the Fast track and multi-track mediation scheme at Exeter and Guildford County Courts||On HMCS website|
|An evaluation of the Central London County Court voluntary scheme 19992003||On HMCS website|
|An evaluation of the Fast and multi-track mediation scheme at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre||On HMCS website|
|An evaluation of the Small claims mediation scheme at Manchester County Court||On HMCS website|
|An evaluation of the Small claims mediation scheme at Exeter County Court||On HMCS website|
|An evaluation of the Small Claims Support Service at Reading County Court||On HMCS website|
|An evaluation of the Wandsworth Dispute Resolution Scheme||On HMCS website|
|Research on the use of rule 9.5 of the Family Proceedings Rules 1991 (separate representation for the child in family proceedings)||To be decided|
|Research on 'The impact of assessment centres for judicial appointments on increasing diversity'||To be decided|
|Research into reasons why eligible female and BME solicitors and barristers do not apply for judicial appointment||To be decided|
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