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Courts: Manpower

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the turnover of staff in the court system in each of the last three years. (134164)

The turnover rate for staff in Her Majesty’s courts service for the last two years is as follows:

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006—9 per cent.

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007—9 per cent.

In the year prior to April 2005 the turnover rate for the court service excluding magistrates courts was:

1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005—5 per cent.

There are no centrally held figures for the magistrates prior to the creation of HMCS. The 42 Magistrates Committees maintained their own HR records. The cost of obtaining figures prior to April 2005 can be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.