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Children's Panel Solicitors

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many children’s panel solicitors are registered in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England; and how many were so registered in each case in each of the last five years. (138994)

The Law Society’s Children Panel is maintained by the Law Society and is independent of Government. I understand that there are 1,617 solicitors currently registered on the Children’s Panel in England and Wales.

The number of solicitors registered on the Children’s Panel for England and Wales in each of the last five years is as follows.

Number

2006

1,796

2005

1,752

2004

1,917

2003

2,245

2002

2,424

There are 36 solicitors currently registered on the Children’s Panel in Nottinghamshire. However historical data on the different regions are not held.