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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the cost to public funds in each case is. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has entered into a range of equipment leases the majority of which are for photocopiers, hygiene disposal units and laptop computers. The total cost of equipment leases in each of the last three years for which information is readily available was as follows:
(3) To January 2002.
The increase in cost from 19992000 mainly represents the additional provision of laptop computers to the judiciary.
Mr. Wills: Public consultation on a proposal to close the satellite Crown court at Knutsford and move hearings to Chester is due to commence today. There are currently no plans to change the number of Crown courts or their satellite offices in England and Wales.
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Mr. Wills: Public consultation on a proposal to close the satellite Crown court at Knutsford is due to commence today. Results of the consultation will be submitted to the Lord Chancellor who must approve any court closure.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to her answer of 20 March 2002, Official Report, column 414W, on the 1901 Census, what steps were taken to familiarise employees based in India and Sri Lanka with the handwriting and spelling used by enumerators of the 1901 Census. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The data input company based in India and Sri Lanka demonstrated that it already had in-house skills at interpreting late nineteenth century handwriting by producing test results of a very high level of accuracy prior to award of contract. In order to augment these skills, 10 Public Record Office staff with expertise in interpreting census enumeration returns spent, between them, 20 weeks at the company's bases in India and Sri Lanka. They gave training sessions on the detailed transcription rules, on the formation of the handwriting to be found in the returns and on the etymology of Welsh place names. They also responded to queries raised by individual operators while they were transcribing the returns.
Public Record Office staff ensured that keying operators had access to appropriate reference sources such as English and Welsh gazetteers and name listings. They also provided supervisors with detailed feedback on errors encountered during the quality assessment of the transcribed data to seek to prevent such errors reoccurring.
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The transcription rule for most of the data found in the 1901 census returns was to transcribe it exactly as it appeared. As a result, there was no requirement to translate 1901 spelling to its modern day equivalent.
Mr. Wills: The number of members of the part-time judiciary in the courts and tribunals who are solicitors is 2,019. The Lord Chancellor encourages and welcomes applications for judicial office from solicitors and considers that they perform an important and vital function as part-time judges.
Mr. Cameron: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department in what circumstances he is able to exercise his power to investigate the personal conduct of members of the judiciary. 
It is not open to the Lord Chancellor to comment on, or to intervene in relation to, complaints received about decisions made by a judge or any steps in the process of reasoning underlying his or her decision, or other matters involving the exercise of judicial functions.
The criteria for investigating complaints about personal conduct of members of the judiciary are set down in procedures drawn up in 1998. The system for investigating complaints has developed over the last four years and the procedures are now being revised to take these developments into account. Details will be made available to the public once the revised procedures have been finalised.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Issues of concern to transsexual people (such as the replacement of birth certificates) affect the policy responsibilities of a number of Government Departments and were considered by the Interdepartmental Working Group on Transsexual People. The Government are sympathetic to the issues raised in the report and is actively considering how to take the matter forward.
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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list for each financial year since April 2000 the savings accruing from the abolition of the issuing of legal aid certificates for cases involving personal injury or disease. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: We estimate the net savings to legal aid in 200001 were £32 million. Figures for 200102 are not yet available. Expenditure on personal injury cases fell substantially in the years prior to 200001, following the introduction of conditional fees.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Investigative support funding became available from April 2000 with the implementation of the Legal Services Commission's Funding Code. In the financial year 200001, 25 certificates were issued for investigative support funding. In the current financial year, to the end of February 2002, 31 certificates have been issued.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Litigation support funding became available from April 2000 with the implementation of the Legal Services Commission's Funding Code. In the financial year 200001, two certificates were issued for litigation support funding. In the current financial year, to the end of February 2002, no certificates have been issued.
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