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Some public funding is given, however, to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) which, although independent of both the SRA and the Law Society, is
an integral element of the professions disciplinary arrangements. This funding amounted to £55,569.47 in the financial year from April 2006 to March 2007; and £49,259.49 in the calendar year from January to September 2007. These figures include spends on SDT fees, social security contributions and travel and subsistence payments.
Bridget Prentice: The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board consists of 16 membersnine solicitors (one of whom chairs the board) and seven lay people. Board members were appointed for a term of four years from 1 January 2006.
Peter Williamson (Chair); Alan Baker; Yvonne Brown; Duncan Gear; Sally Irvine; Alan Kershaw; Sir Stephen Lander; Andrew Long; Penelope Owston; Sally Ruthen; Edward Solomons; Dr. Jonathan Spencer; John Stoker; Richard Taylor; Stephen Walzer; and Stephen Whittle.
Bridget Prentice: I am not aware of any formal representations received by this Department about the effectiveness of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). However, several Members of Parliament have explicitly endorsed the SRAs efficiency and effectiveness in handling specific regulatory issues. In addition, this Department routinely receives general correspondence from Members of Parliament and from the public concerning the SRA.
Bridget Prentice: The Secretary of State has not met with Antony Townsend in his capacity as Chief Executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Mr. Townsend has, however, met with Ministers on several occasions since his appointment. I hosted the most recent of these meetings on 10 July 2007.
I am not aware of any representations received by this Department from ethnic minority firms about their treatment by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). However, as a result of internal concerns about a statistical disparity showing that black and minority ethnic solicitors were over-represented in regulatory decisions, the SRA commissioned an external analysis of this issue,
resulting in the publication in July 2006 of the report The impact of regulatory decisions of the Investigations and Enforcement Unit on black and minority ethnic solicitors. The SRA is now following a programme of action aimed at discharging its responsibility for protecting the public interest fairly and in a manner that is non-discriminatory.
Mr. Hanson: Youth offending teams are local authority multi agency teams made up of five statutory partners: police, probation, social services, education and health. YOTs are funded by these five statutory partners, the local authority chief executive and by the Youth Justice Board.
The existing funding arrangements by probation services will continue for 2008-09 and the options for funding beyond this are currently being explored in light of the new arrangements contained in the Offender Management Act. Probation services will remain a statutory partner in YOTs.
The Prime Minister: The Government remains fully committed to delivering high quality public services throughout London. On 23 July I announced a new Cabinet Committee structure ( Official Report, column 46WS), copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House. There are now a smaller number of broader ranging, more cross-cutting Committees. Under the new structure, the delivery of public services in London will be considered by the Cabinet Committee with responsibility for the relevant policy area.
Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister (1) for what reasons and on what date it was decided to not invite Sir Alistair Graham to serve a second term as Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. 
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Prime Minister what consideration he gave when he last re-organised Government departments and their responsibilities to giving the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs responsibility for offshore oil, gas and energy consents; and if he will make a statement. 
The Prime Minister: I announced changes to the Machinery of Government in a Written Ministerial Statement on 28 June 2007 ( Official Report, columns 36-40WS). Departmental responsibilities are kept under constant review.
The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron) on 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 531W.
The Prime Minister: Records are kept in accordance with Private Office Records Guidance prepared by the Cabinet Office and the National Archives. Copies of this guidance are available on the National Archives website.
The Prime Minister: A list of my UK visits will be published in the usual way following the end of the financial year. My visits cover a range of matters including health, education, criminal justice and the economy, details of which can be found on the No. 10 website.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Prime Minister if he will expedite the reply to the letter to him dated 2nd August from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. C. Fairhurst, which he forwarded for reply to the Department for Communities and Local Government. 
Paul Goggins: Under the Government Resource and Accounts Act 2000 HM Treasury issue accounts directions to departments, pension schemes and agencies, and under the Government Trading Fund Act 1973 to trading funds.
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust
Northern Ireland Police Fund
Northern Ireland Election Office (Returning Officers Expenses)
Office of the Oversight Commissioner
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of buying new (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistant devices for new Ministers in his Department following each Cabinet reshuffle since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
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