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Bridget Prentice: The number of Information Tribunal appeals which reached a conclusion in each year since 2004 is shown in the following table. The figures include oral and paper hearings and withdrawn appeals.
|Number of information tribunal appeals cleared|
|(1) From 1 April to 30 June|
Bridget Prentice: Information Tribunals are ordinarily held in public but individual sessions of the hearing will sometimes need to be held in private. If private sessions are considered necessary, the Tribunal Chairman will advise the parties of the reasons for doing so.
The Information Tribunal does not keep detailed records of the number of sessions that are held in camera. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost by carrying out a manual check of each case file to establish the status of each session of each hearing.
Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what legal costs were incurred by the Information Commissioner in respect of the Information Tribunal hearing in relation to the request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by Mr. Martin Sixsmith. 
The total cost to the ICO for counsel in the recent Information Tribunal case "Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government v IC" was £7,606.38. In addition, considerable time was spent on the case by the ICO's own in-house solicitors.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations the Legal Services Commission has received on the ability of law firms to deliver legally-aided criminal defence services following the implementation of best value tendering in 2010. 
Bridget Prentice: The Legal Services Commission (LSC) received 1,503 responses from representative bodies, individual practitioners and other interested parties, to its consultation exercise on proposals to introduce Best Value Tendering (BVT) of criminal defence services in the police station and magistrates court.
My noble Friend Lord Bach's written ministerial statement of 20 July 2009 announced the publication of the Legal Services Commission's (LSC) response to consultation on BVT. A copy of the consultation response and accompanying impact assessment has been placed in the House Library. The documents are also available on the consultation section of the LSC website at:
Bridget Prentice: The Legal Services Commission's (LSC) administration expenditure in each of the last 12 years is shown in the table. The costs to the courts for administering the grant and payment of legal aid is not recorded separately.
|Total LSC administration expenditure|
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure his Department has incurred on legal aid payments to foreign nationals involved in cases
before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in each of the last seven years. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will hold discussions with the Legal Services Commission on its procedures for best value tendering; and if he will make a statement. 
My noble Friend Lord Bach's written ministerial statement of 20 July 2009 announced the publication of the Legal Services Commission's (LSC) response to consultation on Best Value Tendering of criminal defence services.
Mr. Straw: The title "Magistrates' Clerk" is a historic title and no longer used in magistrates court. Justice clerks and legal advisers fulfil the roles closest to that of a magistrates clerk, although the role is not directly comparable and both fulfil different functions. I provide in the tables the requested figures for both justice clerks and legal advisers.
|Region||FTE( 2)||Salary cost (£)||FTE||Salary cost (£)||FTE||Salary cost (£)|
|2006- 07( 1)||2007-08||2008-09|
|Region||FTE||Salary cost(£)||FTE||Salary cost (£)||FTE||Salary cost(£)|
It has not been possible to provide exact staff numbers or the breakdown in salary costs for legal advisers and justice clerks for London and the South East region. Further work is taking place to extract this information from local data. I will write to the hon. Member with this information when this has been completed. The following table shows the combined salary costs for legal advisers and justice clerks in London and the South East.
|Salary cost (£)|
(1) Historical pay data are not held on the HR information system in HMCS and due to a change in accounting procedures brought in across HMCS on 1 April 2007 some regions have not been able to provide this information for 2006-07 from their records.
(2) Staff numbers are quoted as full-time equivalent in post.
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