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|Lord Slynn of Hadley||27||11|
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|Lord Hope of Craighead||61||41|
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|Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough||71||31|
|Lord Scott of Foscote||67||33|
|Lord Rodger of Earlsferry||40||55|
|Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe||12||18|
Lord Slynn of Hadley retired on 30 September 2002 and was replaced by Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe. Lord Saville of Newdigate is the full-time chairman of the Bloody Sunday inquiry into the events in Londonderry on Sunday 30 January 1972. In 2002, as part of a continuing arrangement under the 1997 handover arrangements, Lords Hoffmann and Millett, in addition to their House of Lords and Privy Council duties, each sat for a month in the Final Court of Appeal in Hong Kong.
These figures relate to days sat for hearing appeals and petitions for leave to appeal; they exclude directions hearings and judgments. In 2002 the House of Lords sat for a total of 131 days to hear appeals and petitions for leave either as the House or in Appellate and Appeal Committees. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council sat for a total of 118 days to hear appeals and petitions for leave.
These statistics cannot be used to infer workload, particularly the burden of drafting opinions and in the House of Lords determining on the papers about 280 petitions for leave to appeal each year.
What sum the Lord Chancellor intends to make available in the present financial year for legal aid for asylum cases.[HL1356]
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The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The sum that the Lord Chancellor intends to make available in 200203 for legal help for immigration, which includes asylum cases, is £175 million.
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discount) (Amendment) Order 2003, reducing the maximum discounts available under the right to buy scheme in 41 areas in London and the South of England, has today been laid before Parliament.
To coincide with the laying of the order, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has today published a report Exploitation of the Right to Buy scheme by companies by Professor Colin Jones of Heriot-Watt University. The full text of the report is available on the ODPM website http://www.housing.odpm.gov.uk/information/rtb/index.htm
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): Numbers of medically downgraded personnel include those who are permanently medically downgraded as well as those who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Of the just over 17,000 personnel who were medically downgraded in October 2002, more than 40 per cent would have been deployable on military operations albeit not at the front line. Priority for medical treatment is normally based on clinical need. However, mechanisms also exist for service patients to be fast-tracked in order to return them to operational duty more quickly than would otherwise have been the case. Fast-track diagnosis and treatment are undertaken either through Ministry of Defence hospital units or through private healthcare providers. Moreover, rehabilitation facilities at unit and regional level are being improved as part of the work to reduce the number of personnel unfit through injury.
Lord Bach: Storm Shadow will provide the RAF with a highly effective precision strike capability. Due to technical problems experienced in the development of the system, we are reviewing the programme's timescales with MBDA (the equipment prime contractor). We are working hard with MBDA to ensure that the RAF gets this important capability into service as soon as possible, while not jeopardising the long-term performance of the system.
Lord Bach: The number of full-time members of the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment (R IRISH) in Northern Ireland who put in a request 12 months previously to end their engagement in 2002 was 43. The number of part-time members who resigned was 78. These figures do not include those who are R IRISH and assigned to other units who have resigned in 2002.
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Lord Bach: The value of licences issued and actual goods exported to individual countries, is published in the Government's Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls. Copies of this report are available from the Library of the House and via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at www.fco.gov.uk
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