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Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff working for the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity have been seconded from (a) his Department and (b) other Government Departments; (296099)

(2) how many staff are working for the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity.

The Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity has no separate support. It is being supported by officials from within the Constitution & Judiciary Division of the Ministry of Justice, within existing budgets.

None of the officials works full-time for or on the advisory panel, but, seven spend significant time on it.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria were used to appoint members of the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity. (296102)

The Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity was set up by me to give advice on possible changes to improve judicial diversity. The members were selected because of their experience. of the justice system, equality and diversity issues, and their capacity to identify and develop practical proposals for change.

The chair of the panel is Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE, while the other members of the panel are:

Dr. Nicola Brewer CMG

Dame Professor Hazel Genn DBE QC

Lord Justice Goldring

Andrew Holroyd CBE

Winston Hunter QC

Details of their biographies can be obtained from the following link

http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/newsrelease280409b.htm#panel-members.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the estimated annual cost is of running the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity. (296103)

The Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity has been asked to report within 12 months of starting and so will not have ongoing annual running costs.

The costs of the panel, from April 2009 to the end of September, were £13,447.