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Immigration Appellate Authority

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Appellate Authority received notice of an appeal in the case ISB/IMM/G6193; when he intends to notify the appellant of a hearing date; and if he will make a statement. [32307]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This case was received by the Immigration Appellate Authority on 8 February 2002. It has been listed for a first hearing and for a full hearing at Hatton Cross. Notice of Hearing was sent to the appellant on 13 February 2002.

Immigration and Asylum Appeals

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how she plans to consult on proposals to change the immigration and asylum appeals system. [36430]

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Ms Rosie Winterton: The Secure Borders, Safe Haven—Integration with Diversity in Modern Britain White Paper was published on 7 February 2002. Copies have been supplied to Parliament. The Home Office had an extensive list of consultees that included ministerial colleagues, relevant Opposition spokespersons, non- governmental bodies, and other interested parties. The consultation period ends on 21 March 2002.

County Courts

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many county courts Ministers in his Department have visited since 7 June 2001. [31862]

Mr. Wills: I have visited the following County Courts since 7 June 2001:

My ministerial colleagues have undertaken the following visits:

The Lord Chancellor visited the Birmingham Civil Justice Centre, which encompasses Birmingham County Court, on 7 December 2001.

Hereditary Issues

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many hereditary issues have been referred to him since taking office. [32592]

Mr. Wills: Under the House of Lords Standing Order 10, made on 26 July 1999, the Clerk of the Parliaments maintains a register of hereditary peers, other than peers of Ireland, who wish to stand in any by-election held to fill vacancies occurring due to the death of any of the 90 elected hereditary peers expected from the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999. House of Lords Standing Order 10A, made on 13 November 2000, requires any hereditary peer who has succeeded to a title since the making of the standing order to petition the House. These petitions are referred to the Lord Chancellor to consider and report on whether a peer has established the right to be included in the register.

Since the making of Standing Order 10A, the House of Lords has referred five such petitions to the Lord Chancellor relating to the Dukedom of Sutherland and to the Baronies of Aldington, Cawley, Combermere and Terrington.

The Lord Chancellor has, in addition, considered two claims in relation to Irish peerages: the Earldom of Roden and the Barony of Dunsany.

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Solway Harvester

Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what representations he has received from the Isle of Man Government regarding the timing of the publication of the MAIB report into the Solway Harvester. [36733]

Mr. Wills: I have received no representations from the Isle of Man Government on this matter.

Departmental Website

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the total cost of his Department's website was in real terms in each of the last four years; and how many hits it received in each of those years. [36144]

Mr. Wills: The total annual cost of the LCD website could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs because website related work is not differentiated from other work in the production and publication of departmental material.

The number of unique visitors (a more reliable indicator of individuals accessing web pages than hits) to the Department's website, is as follows:


Public Bodies (Chairmen)

Mr. Forth: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the appointments made by his Department since 1 May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present. [33881]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The non-judicial appointments made to the chairmanship of the Lord Chancellor's non-departmental public bodies since 1 May 1997 are set out in the following tables. Information on political affiliation is not collected.

There are no appointments to be reported under (b), (c) or (d).

Information on the number, remit and membership of task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews has been published by the Cabinet Office on a regular basis. The first report was published on 11 January 2000 and gives information for the period between 1 May 1997 to 31 October 1999. A second report was published on 27 July 2000, and covered the period 1 November 1999 to 30 April 2000. A third report was published on 13 December 2000 covering the period 1 May 2000 to 31 October 2000. The most recent report: Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews, was issued in October 2001, covers the period of the financial year 2000–01. Copies of these reports have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Non-departmental public bodies

Advisory committees on justices of the peace
Mr. James Tidmarsh (LL)Avon1 May 19972007
Mr. James Tidmarsh (LL)Bristol1 May 19972007
Mr. Keith GortonNorth Cleveland20012006
Mr. Alfred IllingworthSouth Cleveland20012006
Mr. Eric Dancer (LL)Devon19982015
Mr. David LibbyPlymouth20012004
Captain M. Fulford-Dobson (LL)Dorset19992006
Sir Paul Nicholson (LL)Durham19982013
Mr. Alan Willett (LL)Kent20022011
Mr. Raymond HarrisLeicester19992005
Lady Juliet Townsend (LL)Northamptonshire19982011
Sir John Riddell (LL)Northumberland20002009
Lord Crathorne (LL)North Yorkshire19992014
Dr. Sheila FilshieNottingham1 November 19972006
Lady Elizabeth Gass (LL)Somerset19992015
Mrs. Sarah Goad (LL)Surrey29 October 19972015
Mrs. P. Stewart-Roberts (LL)East Sussex20002008
Mr. Hugh Wyatt (LL)West Sussex19992008
Mrs. C. WellingbrookNorth East London20012004
HH Judge EllisSouth East London20002005
HH Judge MitchellSouth West London20012007
Mr. Keith GoodallBarnsley20002003
Mr. Christopher DorriesSheffield20002003
Mr. Paul BryanNorth Tyneside20012004
Mr. K. AhmedSouth Tyneside20002003
Mr. D. CockingSolihull19992005
Mr. C. SykesSutton Coldfield19992002
Mrs. E. RawlingWalsall19992002
Mrs. R. TylerWarley20012002
Mr. G. DobsonBradford20012004
Mrs. E. BavidgeCalderdale19982001
Mrs. Valerie PaceHuddersfield20012004
Mr. J. BancroftKeighley20012007
Mr. T. MoranLeeds19982004
Mr. A. MillsPontefract20022004
Mr. Trefor Jones (LL)Clwyd20012012
Mr. G. J. MorganCeredigion20012002
Mr. S. WatkinsPembroke19982001
Mr. Simon Boyle (LL)Gwent20012011
Professor Eric Sunderland (LL)Gwynedd20002005
Advisory committees on general commissioners of income tax
Mr. James Tidmarsh (LL)Avon1 May 19972007
Lord Crathorne (LL)Cleveland20012014
Mr. Eric Dancer (LL)Devon19982015
Captain M. Fulford-Dobson (LL)Dorset19992006
Mrs. Julia DavidsonDurham20002003
Mrs. P. Stewart-Roberts (LL)East Sussex20002008
Mrs. A. BaglinLondon Blackheath19992005
Mr. T. WatsonLondon Middlesex20002003
Mr. Peter BanksGreater Manchester19992002
Mr. Alan Willett (LL)Kent20022011
Mr. James GlynnLancashire20012002
Lady Juliet Townsend (LL)Northamptonshire19982011
Sir John Riddel (LL)Northumberland20002009
Lord Crathorne (LL)North Yorkshire19992014
Lady Elizabeth Gass (LL)Somerset19992015
Mrs. Sarah Goad (LL)Surrey29 October 19972015
Mr. Nigel SherlockTyne and Wear20012011
Mr. L. TomkinsWest Midlands-119992002
Mr. Hugh Wyatt (LL)West Sussex19992008
Mr. Colin BeardWiltshire19982002
Mr. Trefor Jones (LL)Clwyd20012012
Mrs. Lort PhilipsPembroke19982007
Mr. Simon Boyle (LL)Gwent20012011
Professor Eric Sunderland (LL)Anglesey20002005
Professor Eric Sunderland (LL)Caernarfon20002005
Professor Eric Sunderland (LL)Meirionnydd20002005
Mrs. L. R. PeatePowys19992004
Mr. A. MossfordSouth Glamorgan19992005


Lord Lieutenants (LL) hold office until their 75th birthday.

Others are appointed for a maximum of nine years on a Committee.

The position is unpaid.

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Other NDPBsIndividualDatesCurrent remuneration (£)
Children and Family Court Advisory and Support ServiceAnthony Hewson OBEJanuary 2001 for 4 years400 per day
Council on TribunalsLord Newton of Braintree1 October 1999 for 3 years43,140(68)
Insolvency Rules CommitteeMr. Justice Evans-LombeOctober 1997 to September 2002Unpaid
Judicial Studies BoardLord Justice Waller17 May 1999 for 3 years(69)
Law CommissionLord Justice Carnwath CVO1 February 1999 to 31 July 2002(69)
Legal Services CommissionPeter G. Birch CBE1 April 2000 for 4 years37,062
Legal Services Consultative Panel(69)Lord Justice Potter1 January 2001 to 31 December 2004Unpaid
Strategic Investment BoardDr. Colin Price1 January 2001 for 3 years15,000(68)

(68) Annual retainer

(69) Continues to draw judicial salary

(70) The Panel replaced the Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct, to which Lord Justice Potter was appointed as chairman on 27 May 1998. Fees were paid to members, but he continued to draw his judicial salary.

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