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Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to appoint full-time sheriffs in 1992 and future years; to which sheriffdoms such appointments will be made; whether he will seek to appoint more women as sheriffs; and whether he will seek to appoint more solicitors as sheriffs.

The number and location of new appointments in 1992 and future years will reflect a number of considerations including the incidence of retirals which cannot be accurately predicted and the judicial resources required to allow courts to deal timeously with the volume of cases coming before them. Application of the present policy whereby in respect of each vacancy the best-fitted candidate is appointed has resulted in more solicitors being appointed in recent years and can be expected to result in more women being appointed in the future as a greater number of women lawyers of appropriate ability acquire the experience necessary for a shrieval appointment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the average annual total number of

Region/Supply ZoneStandards not fully metCompliance Date for Zone
West LintonTrihalomethanes1993
AlloaAluminium, Lead1997
Bo'ness, Blackness WhitecrossTrihalomethanes1998
Bonnybridge, Camelon, High BonnybridgeAluminium1990
Bridge of AllanAluminium1995
Cowie, Plean, Airth Stirling (Part)Aluminium1992
Falkirk, Larbert, Carron Stenhousemuir, SkinflatsAluminium1997
Kirkintilloch (part), LenzieAluminium, Trihalomethanes1998
Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie Torrance, BalmoreTrihalomethanes1998
Dumfries & Galloway
Areeming (Lochenkit) NorthIron, pH, Colour, Manganese1992
Aluminium, Bact1

Working days for a full-time sheriff in the last year for which figures are available; what is the gross salary of a sheriff and a sheriff principal; and what is the daily remuneration presently paid to a temporary sheriff.

The number of working days per annum for a full-time sheriff, excluding duties during weekends and public holidays, is 216. At 1 January 1992, the gross annual salaries of a sheriff and sheriff principal were, respectively, £59,900 and £66,500. The present daily remuneration rate of a temporary sheriff is £223.