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should explain their policies and what action is being taken in the House. This is in line with the practice of successive Governments. There has been no change to the rules.
Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has made to the Saudi Government on the treatment of imprisoned British nationals resident there; and how many British nationals are in prison in Saudi Arabia. 
The Prime Minister: The Government have made representations to the Saudi Government about those British nationals detained following a series of bombings. We continue to do so. I have personally raised these cases in my contact with the Saudi Government.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the (a) Ministers and (b) people and the organisations they represent who (i) were invited to and (ii) attended the reception held at 10 Downing street for the broadcasting and telecommunications industry. 
Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what training she has put in place for junior staff to take additional qualifications in the office of the Legal Services Ombudsman. 
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Ms Rosie Winterton: All junior staff in the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman have qualifications commensurate with their responsibilities and in line with the personnel policies of the Lord Chancellor's Department. However, the Department may assist with a proportion of the costs for staff who wish to obtain further qualifications through further education.
Mr. Watts: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what representations he has received on the Auld consultation; and if he will place copies of the responses in the Library. 
Mr. Wills: A total of 365 responses were received by the end of the period for public comment 31 January 2002. Copies of the responses will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses and in the Supreme Court Library. Responses from the general public and the main criminal justice stakeholders, subject to their agreement, will also be placed on the Lord Chancellor's website www.criminal-courts-review.org.uk. The Government will announce their conclusions by way of a White Paper in the spring.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 199798, (ii) 199899, (iii) 19992000, (iv) 200001 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case. 
|Number of contracts||£|
|(v) 2001 to date||3||73,717|
|(b) Ernst & Young|
|(v) 2002 to date||3||301,720|
|(c) Deloitte & Touche|
|(v) 2001 to date||11||905,050|
|(v) 2001 to date||1||29,375|
(14) No contracts have been let during the time period stated.
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Vera Baird: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many magistrates have suffered substantial loss of earnings in order to ensure that they sit on their obligatory number of sitting days in the last five years. 
Mr. Wills: The Lord Chancellor's Department does not collect figures for the proportion of magistrates claiming for loss of earnings. However, a report "The Judiciary in the Magistrates' Courts" (RDS Occasional Paper No. 66), prepared for the Lord Chancellor's Department and the Home Office, and published in late 2000 suggested that 76 per cent. of magistrates who stated that they were employed did not claim any loss of earnings.
Mr. Wills: The financial loss allowance payable to self-employed magistrates is £41.78 for a sitting of up to four hours and £83.56 for over four hours. The amounts payable to employed magistrates, which are not taxable, are £32.17 for a sitting of up to four hours; and £64.34 for over four hours.
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