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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how many priests claimed compensation under the scheme for those priests who disagreed with the ordination of women in each year since the scheme's inception. 
Mr. Bell: The Ordination of Women (Financial Provisions) Measure 1993 took effect on 22 February 1994. By the end of 2001, 412 clergy had resigned and were receiving or had received payments under the Measure. A yearly breakdown is as follows:
|Year of resignation||Number of claimants|
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the (a) last year and (b) current year from priests claiming compensation under the Ordination of Women Measure. 
Mr. Bell: In 2001 seven clergy applied for and are receiving payment under the Ordination of Women (Financial Provisions) Measure 1993. So far in 2002 one minister has applied for and is receiving such payment.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what the cost of the compensation Measure has been for those leaving the priesthood over the ordination of women in each year since the compensation Measure came into effect. 
Mr. Bell: By 31 December 2001, the cumulative cost of payments made to clergy who had resigned and were receiving or had received payments under the Ordination of Women (Financial Provisions) Measure 1993 was £15.8 million. The annual totals are:
|Year of resignation||Total cost|
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the written submissions made to him in response to the Review on the Royal Peculiars; 
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Service for applications for probate to ensure that the fee is more closely related to the value of the net estate; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Wills: Following a review in 1999, the fees for non-contentious probate were revised so that they more closely reflected the cost of providing the service. At present there are no plans to conduct a further review of the fees structure.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what steps she (a) has taken and (b) intends to take to encourage trainee solicitors to undertake legal aid practice. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: A number of initiatives have been introduced in order to assist with the continuing recruitment and retention of publicly funded lawyers. In April 2000, of the £46.7 million of additional money which was allocated to the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to assist with Legal Help contracts in 200001:
£1 million was provided to fund training in immigration, mental health and community care. This was provided in order to develop training courses and help firms to expand and retrain staff in priority categories of law.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Legal Services Commission (LSC) reviews trends in recruitment and the retention of publicly funded lawyers on a continuing basis to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of competent lawyers to do all categories of publicly supported legal work throughout England and Wales. The LSC reports regularly to the LCD and the evidence is that there is currently a sufficient number of lawyers to undertake publicly funded work. As at 15 February 2002, there were 4,935 solicitor offices with contracts to undertake publicly funded civil and family work. In addition to this, the LSC has also awarded contracts to 382 not-for-profit sector organisations. As at 31 January 2001, the total number of solicitor offices with General Criminal Contracts stood at 2,921. There are also four public defender offices with the fifth to open in April 2002 and the sixth shortly after.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment she has made of the total real terms expenditure of her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on publicity in each of the years (a) 199798, (b) 199899, (c) 19992000, (d) 200001 and (e) 200102 (i) to date and (ii) as estimated for the whole of the present year;
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and if she will break these figures down to indicate expenditure on (A) advertising and (B) press and public relations. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Total real terms costs for advertising are as listed. During this period the LCD ran an advertising campaign to support the recruiting of lay magistrates, which accounts for spending in 199899 and mounted a major public information campaign throughout England and Wales on behalf of the Community Legal Service and the help and advice website "Just Ask!" which accounts for almost all of the advertising spend in 200001.
|Advertising spend £|
|Advertising spend £|
|(i) to date||(ii) as estimated for the whole of the present year (Until 31 March 2002)|
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the total cost to the Lord Chancellor's Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department entered into a nine-year PFI contract with CSL Group Ltd. in January 1998. This contract covers a wide range of services including providing accounting systems, making payments, receipting and accounts production. The cost of accountancy services provided to the Department by CSL under the contract, and from other external firms of accountants or their management consultancy arms where the assignment was connected with financial matters, in each of the last four years was as follows:
(1) To January 2002.
Figures include significant development work on resource accounting and budgeting.
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