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Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether he plans to amend the provisions relating to judges' (a) security of tenure, (b) salaries and pensions and (c) discipline. [126748]

There are no plans to amend the security of tenure of Judges.Paragraph 99 of the consultation paper "Constitutional Reform: A New Way of Appointing Judges" published on 14 July explains that responsibility for Judicial pay and pensions will remain a matter for the Government but that there could be a role for the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission in giving evidence to the Review Body on Senior Salaries on the appropriate level of Judicial salaries.Options for the future arrangements for the discipline of judges are discussed in detail in paragraphs 100–108 of the consultation paper. A copy of this paper is in the Member's library, and can also be found on the internet at