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Law Society (Children's Panel)

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many solicitors there are on the Law Society’s Children’s Panel, broken down by age. (95403)

[holding answer 19 October 2006]: The Law Society’s Children Panel is maintained by the Law Society and is independent of Government. All panel members are solicitors. The panel provided the following information:

Panel members

Number

Age profile

Children Representatives

Adult Party Representatives

Local Authority Representatives

Up to 30

9

0

1

31 to 40

398

52

91

41 to 50

621

61

93

51 to 60

484

77

47

60 plus

57

11

4

Unknown

12

2

4

Total

1,581

203

240

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many solicitors left the Law Society’s Children’s Panel in each of the last three years; (95325)

(2) how many solicitors joined the Law Society’s Children’s Panel in each of the last three years.

The Law Society’s Children Panel is maintained by the Law Society and is independent of Government. All panel members are solicitors. The panel provided the following information:

Number

Members that left the panel

New members to the panel

2004

Children Representatives

125

82

Adult Party Representatives

14

33

Local Authority Representatives

10

38

2005

Children Representatives

140

66

Adult Party Representatives

30

9

Local Authority Representatives

23

23

2006

Children Representatives

12

74

Adult Party Representatives

9

3

Local Authority Representatives

4

16