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Alan Johnson: South West of England Regional Development Agency employs a regional ICT Strategy Manager who in turn employs 3 consultants to help with the RDA's ICT strategy development. Various staff in the RDA help support ICT development in the region, for example, the Innovation team of five, the Supply Solutions Team of six and a member of the RDA's skills team. There are also other staff members within the Enterprise and Innovation Directorate and the Development Directorate who contribute to the region's ICT development and related issues.
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Julian Brazier: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when she last met representatives of the Magistrates' Courts Central Council to discuss the future of magistrates' courts. 
Mr. Hugh Bayley: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans the Government have to extend the powers of the Land Registry to adjudicate on cases of dispute of ownership on non-registered land in urban areas. 
Yvette Cooper: The Government have no plans to extend the powers of the Land Registry to disputes relating to unregistered land. The Government's aim is to bring unregistered landowners within the scope of those powers by completing the land register for England and Wales.
An Inter-Ministerial Group set up last November is working across Government on five key areas for action. My Department is responsible for leading work on improving the interface between the criminal, civil and family law. We aim to identify ways to make the process less distressing for victims by working with stakeholders and voluntary organisations at local and national level to develop a more integrated approach that tackles the impacts of domestic violence as part of the justice process.
Mr. David Lepper: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what support her Department offers to voluntary organisations giving assistance to victims of domestic violence. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: We work very closely with local and national organisations which support victims of domestic violence. I recently set up a new Advisory Group to help the Department to develop further its domestic violence policy and to understand better issues that concern survivors of domestic violence and those who support and represent them. We also work closely with a number of local initiatives, such as the Leeds Cluster Court Project and ''Standing Together'', offering advice and support and providing a link to the other Government Departments involved, such as the Home Office and the CPS.
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Ms Rosie Winterton: We have serious concerns about the performance of the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS), which is being monitored closely. The Lord Chancellor has warned the OSS that unless swift and substantive improvements are made across the board, he will not hesitate to implement his reserve powers which allow for the establishment of a Legal Services Complaints Commissioner.
Ms Rosie Winterton: None. The Government are not aware of any shortages or of any solicitors or defendants having difficulty in obtaining the services of an advocate. My Department and the Legal Services Commission continue to monitor the situation.
Andy Burnham: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if she will make a statement on measures his Department is taking to improve the provision of legal aid advice services. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Lord Chancellor's Department has worked with the Legal Services Commission to establish the Community Legal Service, to improve access for all to good quality civil legal and advice services. Community Legal Service Partnerships, now covering nearly all areas of England and Wales, are central to this policy and are responsible for coordinating service delivery based on local priority needs. The Community Legal Service Fund, which replaced Legal Aid, provides funding for those services now being delivered under these new arrangements.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules in 1999 imposed, for the first time, a duty on courts to encourage and facilitate the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The Rules also seek to influence the behaviour of parties in the pre-litigation period through pre-action protocols, which further encourage parties to settle their disputes by using ADR.
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In March 2001 the Lord Chancellor announced that all Government Departments and their Agencies had pledged to consider and use ADR to resolve disputes involving them in all suitable cases, wherever the other party accepts it.
Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she next expects to meet with members of the lay magistracy to discuss the administration of justice following the publication of the ''Justice for All'' White Paper. 
Ms Yvette Cooper: Following the publication of the Criminal Justice White Paper, ''Justice for All'', I met a number of Magistrates' representative bodies to discuss the White Paper, and these meetings will continue as we develop our proposals. In addition a letter was sent to all Magistrates informing them of our proposals.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Lord Chancellor will reply to the letter of 17 September from the hon. Member for Nottingham, North on the legality of action on Iraq. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The letter of 17 September was sent to the right hon. Harriet Harman MP, the Solicitor General, at the Law Officers' Office, and not to the Lord Chancellor nor any minister in the Lord Chancellor's Department. The Solicitor General will reply to the letter shortly.
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Lynne Jones: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make it her policy to refer to transsexual people rather than transsexuals in Government documents and in material that will form parliamentary records. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: My Department has already adopted this convention. In so far as I am able to ensure this, all official documents published in the future on this subject should refer to transsexual people or transsexual persons, rather than transsexuals.
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