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Volume 622: debated on Wednesday 14 February 2001

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Written Answers

Wednesday, 14th February 2001.

Educational Projects In Museums And Galleries: Dfee Funding

asked Her Majesty's Government:What has been the total amount spent through the Department for Education and Employment since 1997 on new funding initiatives which have directly funded additional educational projects in art galleries without collections, including those in art centres. [HL655]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment
(Baroness Blackstone)

I refer the noble Lord to the reply given to him on 2 January 2001, Official Report, col WA 106–07. We do not account for funding on educational projects in museums or art galleries according to the nature of the institutions being funded. Projects are chosen on the basis of the impact they will have on pupil outcomes.The main objectives of the museum and galleries education programme are to stimulate and encourage museums and galleries to develop their educational role by strengthening their links with schools, and to improve the quality and spread of provision. The programme also looks to improve pupils' use of the opportunities presented by museums and galleries, in particular by experiencing real objects relevant to their studies.The department received approximately 300 bids for funding from a wide range of museums and galleries when the programme was announced.

Channel Tunnel

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have any plans to commission an official history of the Channel Tunnel. [HL760]

The Prime Minister has appointed Dr Terence R Gourvish, Director of the Business History Unit of the London School of Economics and Political Science, as an official historian to write the official history of the Channel Tunnel.

Inland Bathing Waters

asked Her Majesty's Government:What plans they have to increase the designation of inland bathing waters. [HL645]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
(Lord Whitty)

The Government have identified 11 inland bathing waters in the UK under the Bathing Water Directive. We keep this matter under review and if any sites are brought to our attention as potential inland bathing waters, we shall consider them against the identification criteria in the directive.

A406: Litter Clearance

asked Her Majesty's Government:When litter was last cleared from the A406 trunk road between the A12 and the M11; and whether they are satisfied with the ways in which contractors to the Highways Agency are fulfilling their contract for litter clearance on this road. [HL647]

The A406 between the A12 and the M11 is no longer a trunk road as it now forms part of the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN). However, the responsibility for litter clearance lies with the local authority, the London Borough of Redbridge, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Greater London: Cycle Accidents

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many cycle accidents occurred in the Greater London area in each of the last four years for which statistics are available; and how many in each year involved fatalities. [HL688]

The following table shows the number of accidents involving pedal cycles in the Greater London area for the years 1996–99, and the number that involved fatalities for the same period.

Year of Accident
1996199719981999
All accidents involving pedal cyclists4,4194,4824.3574.246
Fatal accidents involving pedal cyclists20141210

Asylum Seekers

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many asylum seekers living in London or the Home Counties have been required in recent months to travel for interviews at offices in the North of England. [HL305]

In an eight-week period, 18 December 2000 to 9 February 2001, out of 7,478 applicants substantively interviewed in Liverpool and Leeds, 6,427 (86 per cent) were from London and the Home Counties.During the same period 671 asylum screening interviews were also completed in Liverpool and Leeds. Information is not available to identify what proportion of applicants who attended for screening were from London and the Home Counties.

Depleted Uranium: Screening Programme

asked Her Majesty's Government:What progress has been made with work to identify a voluntary screening programme for Service personnel and civilians who have served in the Balkans and who are concerned about exposure to depleted uranium. [HL715]

The first phase of work to identify a screening programme, which we intend should be equally applicable to Gulf veterans as to those who have served in the Balkans, has been completed. We published yesterday a consultative document setting out the technical issues associated with such a programme, inviting advice and comment in particular from a wide range of expert bodies. A copy of the consultative document is being placed in the Library of the House, and it will also be available on the MoD Internet web-site.The next step in our work is to develop firm proposals for screening taking into account the advice and comments we receive in response to the consultative document. Those proposals in turn will be the subject of wide consultation.

Bbc Producers' Guidelines On Political Impartiality

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the coverage of the resignation of the Northern Ireland Secretary on "Newsnight" (BBC2, Wednesday 24th January) which featured only supporters of the Labour Party and the Government and with no response from members of the Opposition fell within the BBC Producers' Guidelines on political impartiality. [HL548]

Responsibility for ensuring that the activities of the BBC are carried out in accordance with the requirements of the charter and agreement rests with the BBC's board of governors and not the Government.

English Heritage: Archaeology Budget

asked Her Majesty's Government:Why the archaeology budget of English Heritage has been reduced in both cash and real terms since 1990–91, so that it is now in real terms approximately 55 per cent of the budget in 1990–91. [HL575]

It is for English Heritage to decide what priority to give expenditure on archaeology commissions from the overall resources available to it from government grant in aid and from its own fund-raising activities.In so doing it will take into account external conditions such as the impact of Planning Policy Guidance 16, which is now bringing in an estimated £20–£30 million of developers' expenditure a year on archaeological work, formerly funded entirely from English Heritage's Archaeology Commission budget.

asked Her Majesty's Government:What action they propose to take in response to the report of the statutory advisory committee with responsibility for archaeology (the Ancient Monuments Advisory Committee) to English Heritage that funding is insufficient to enable English Heritage to undertake its statutory responsibilities. [HL576]

My right honourable friend the Minister for the Arts regularly meets the chairman and chief executive of English Heritage to consider English Heritage's plans for the implementation of its various responsibilities.

Independent Football Commission

asked Her Majesty's Government:Why it was considered necessary for a firm of external consultants to be appointed in the search for the chairman of the Independent Football Commission; and what will be the cost to public funds of so doing. [HL592]

My right honourable friend, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has agreed to the request from the football authorities to appoint the first chairman of the Independent Football Commission—the new self-regulatory body which they are establishing. In so doing, he has made clear that the process of appointing the chairman is conducted in an open and transparent manner according to the standards that would apply to a public appointment. Therefore an independent public appointments advisory panel was convened to consider the applications which had been received by the department for this post.While the panel considered a number or the applicants would be suitable for appointment to the post, the panel concluded that it would like to test the applicants against other strong candidates before reaching firm conclusions on a short list of names to recommend for appointment. The panel recommended a further exercise to generate applications and suggested that employing external consultants might make a useful contribution to that exercise. The Government therefore approached the Football Association who confirmed that the football authorities would be willing to pay the costs of consultants. There will therefore be no cost to public funds from the use of consultants. Any applications for the post of IFC chairman, which are received following approaches from consultants, will be considered by the panel on equal terms with those already received.

Winter Fuel Payments

asked Her Majesty's Government:What representations they have had from

Disability Now in relation to winter fuel payments to severely disabled people under the age of 60; what reply they are sending; and whether they will be taking any action. [HL524]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security
(Baroness Hollis of Heigham)

The Secretary of State received a letter from the editor of Disability Now, dated 19 December. A reply was sent on 30 January.The letter urged the Government to extend the winter fuel payment scheme to severely disabled people under 60 who are receiving the middle or higher rate of the disability living allowance care component, or the higher rate of the mobility component.Winter fuel payments were introduced as part of our commitment to alleviate fuel poverty by providing help to older households towards their winter fuel bills. Information from the 1996–97 English Housing Conditions Survey shows that around 50 per cent of all fuel-poor households contain someone aged 60 or over.For younger disabled people, disability living allowance provides a contribution towards the extra costs associated with disability. The care and mobility needs entitlement criteria to the benefit are used as broad indicators of all the extra costs, including heating costs, that a disabled person may have. The disability premium in income-related benefits is paid in recognition that the poorest disabled people need additional help. Disabled people are free to use either of these benefits to pay for additional heating costs.

Mr Panicos Tsiakourmas

asked Her Majesty's Government:What action they have taken to secure the well-being and release of the Greek Cypriot Panicos Tsiakourmas who was abducted by allegedly Turkish troops in the British Sovereign Area territory of Cyprus on 12 December 2000. [HL534]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Baroness Scotland of Asthal)

The Foreign Secretary has written to both Mr Denktash and Turkish Foreign Minister Cem about the circumstances of Mr Tsiakourmas' arrest and emphasising the importance we attach to this very serious matter. Our High Commissioner in Nicosia has also made strong and regular representations to Mr Denktash. Our concerns have also been raised on several occasions with the Turkish authorities in Nicosia, Ankara and London. We will continue to raise the issue until it is resolved satisfactorily.

Harare: Press Freedom

asked Her Majesty's Government:In the context of the bombing of the printing presses of the

Daily News, Harare, to what extent they believe that freedom of the press is a bulwark and precondition of democracy. [HL587]

A free and independent press is a vital element in the maintenance of democracy, human rights and respect for the rule of law in any country. HMG condemn the attack on the Daily News in Harare. The UK and the EU have called on the Government of Zimbabwe to bring the culprits to justice and to reaffirm its obligations to respect freedom of expression.

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group: Mandate

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether, as members of the Commonwealth High Level Review Group, they will seek to ensure that the group recommends to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane in October 2001 that the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group's mandate should be extended to cover states where, in the opinion of the CMAG, there is a threat to freedom of expression. [HL595]

The Government believe that the right to freedom of expression should be one of the Commonwealth's core values. We will continue to seek to ensure that the High Level Review Group recommends to Commonwealth Heads of Government at their meeting in Brisbane in 2001 that the mandate of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group is expanded to cover serious violations of that right.

Magistrates' Courts

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will publish a table in the

Official Report to show, by each county in England and Wales, the location of each courthouse for use by magistrates available on 30th September 1995 and on 1st January 2001. [HL567]

The information in the table is by Magistrates' Courts Committee area. The data in the column heades "Open as at 1/1/01" has been assembled from courthouse usage returns up to December 2000, not from a specific survey of courthouse, and is subject to confirmation on the next survey.

Location of Magistrates' Courts
MCCCourthouseOpen as at 30/9/95Open as at 1/1/01
AvonBath
AvonBristol
AvonFlax Bourton
AvonWeston super Mare
AvonYale
Avon55
Barking & DagenhamBarking (East Street)
Barking & DagenhamBarking (North Street)
Barking & Dagenham22
BarnetBarnet
BarnetHendon
Barnet22
BarnsleyBarnsley
Barnsley11
BedfordshireAmpthillclosed
BedfordshireBedford
BedfordshireBiggleswadeclosed
BedfordshireDunstableclosed
BedfordshireLeighton Buzzardclosed
BedfordshireLuton
Bedfordshire62
BexleyBexley
Bexley11
BrentBrent
Brent11
BromleyBromley (London Road)not yet open
BromleyBromley (South Street)closed
Bromley11
CalderdaleHalifax
Calderdale11
CambridgeshireCambridge
CambridgeshireEly
CambridgeshireHuntingdon
CambridgeshireMarchclosed
CambridgeshirePeterborough
CambridgeshireWisbech
Cambridgeshire65
CheshireChester
CheshireCrewe
CheshireEllesmere Portclosed
CheshireMacclesfield (Hibel Rd)
CheshireMacclesfield (Park Green)
CheshireNorthwich
CheshireRuncorn
CheshireWarrington (Arpley Street)
CheshireWarrington (Patten Hall)
CheshireWidnes
Cheshire109
City of LondonCity of London
City of London11
ClevelandGuisborough
ClevelandHartlepool
ClevelandMiddlesbrough
Cleveland33
CroydonCroydon
Croydon11
CumbriaApplebyclosed
CumbriaBarrow in Furness
CumbriaCarlisle
CumbriaKendal
CumbriaKeswickclosed
CumbriaPenrith
CumbriaWhitehaven
CumbriaWigtonclosed
CumbriaWindemereclosed

Location of Magistrates' Courts

MCC

Courthouse

Open as at SO/9/95

Open as at 1/1/01

CumbriaWorkington
Cumbria106
DerbyshireAlfreton
DerbyshireAshbourne
DerbyshireBakewell
DerbyshireBuxton
DerbyshireChesterfield (Briminglon Rd)
DerbyshireChesterfield (West Bars)
DerbyshireDerby (Bold Lane)
DerbyshireDerby (Derwent St)
DerbyshireDerby (Derwent Street)
DerbyshireDerby (Swadlincote)
DerbyshireGlossop
DerbyshireIkeston
DerbyshireMatlock
Derbyshire1313
Devon & CornwallAxminster
Devon & CornwallBarnstaple
Devon & CornwallBideford
Devon & CornwallBodmin
Devon & CornwallCamborne
Devon & CornwallCullompton
Devon & CornwallExeter
Devon & CornwallExmouth
Devon & CornwallHoniton
Devon & CornwallIsles of Scilly
Devon & CornwallKingsbridge
Devon & CornwallLaunceston
Devon & CornwallLiskeard
Devon & CornwallNewquay
Devon & CornwallNewton Abbot
Devon & CornwallOkehampton
Devon & CornwallPenzance
Devon & CornwallPlymouth
Devon & CornwallSouth Molton
Devon & CornwallTavistock
Devon & CornwallTeignmouth
Devon & CornwallTiverton
Devon & CornwallTorquay
Devon & CornwallTotnes
Devon & CornwallTruro
Devon & Cornwall2525
DoncasterDoncaster
DoncasterThorneclosed
Doncaster21
DorsetBlandford
DorsetBournemouth
DorsetBridport
DorsetChristchurchclosed
DorsetDorchester
DorsetGillingham
DorsetPoole
DorsetSherborne
DorsetWareham
DorsetWeymouth
DorsetWimborne
Dorset1110
DurhamBarnard Castleclosed
DurhamBishop Auckland
DurhamChester le Street
DurhamConsett
DurhamDarlington
DurhamDurham
DurhamNewton Aycliffe
DurhamPeterlee
DurhamSeahamclosed
Durham97
DyfedAberystwyth
DyfedAmmanford
DyfedCardigan
DyfedCarmarthen
DyfedHaverfordwest
DyfedLampeter
DyfedLlandovery
DyfedLlanelli
DyfedPembrokeclosed
DyfedTenby

Location of Magistrates' Courts

MCC

Courthouse

Open as at 30/9/95

Open as at 1/1/01

Dyfed109
EalingActon
EalingEaling
Ealing22
East SussexBrighton
East SussexEastbourne
East SussexHastings
East SussexLewes
East Sussex44
EnfieldEnfield
Enfield11
EssexBasildon
EssexBraintreeclosed
EssexChelmsford
EssexClacton on Seaclosed
EssexColchester (Stanwell House)
EssexColchester (Town Hall)
EssexEpping
EssexGrays
EssexHalsteadclosed
EssexHarlow
EssexHarwich
EssexSaffron Waldenclosed
EssexSouthend on Sea
EssexWitham
Essex1410
GatesheadBlaydon
GatesheadGateshead
Gateshead22
GloucestershireCheltenham
GloucestershireCirencester
GloucestershireColeford
GloucestershireDursley
GloucestershireGloucester
GloucestershireStow on the Wold
GloucestershireStroud
GloucestershireTewkesbury
GloucestershireWhitminsterclosed
Gloucestershire98
GwentAbergavenny
GwentAbertillery
GwentBargoedclosed
GwentBlackwood
GwentCaerphilly
GwentChepstow
GwentCwnbran
GwentMonmouthclosed
GwentNewport (Civic Centre)
GwentNewport (Pentonville)
GwentPontlottynclosed
GwentPontypoolclosed
GwentTredegar
Gwent139
HampshireAldershot
HampshireAlton
HampshireAndover
HampshireBasingstoke
HampshireEastleigh
HampshireFareham
HampshireHavant
HampshireLyndhurst
HampshirePortsmouth
HampshireSouthampton
Hampshire1010
HaringeyEnfield
HaringeyHighgate
Haringey22
HarrowHarrow
Harrow11
HaveringRomford
Havering11
Hereford & WorcesterBromsgroveclosed
Hereford & WorcesterDroitwich
Hereford & WorcesterEvesham
Hereford & WorcesterHereford
Hereford & WorcesterKidderminster
Hereford & WorcesterLedburyclosed

Location of Magistrates'Courts

MCC

Courthouse

Open as at 30/9/95

Open as at 1/1/01

Hereford & WorcesterLeominster
Hereford & WorcesterRedditch
Hereford & WorcesterWorcester
Hereford & Worcester97
HertfordshireBishop's Stortfordclosed
HertfordshireCheshunt
HertfordshireHatfieldclosed
HertfordshireHemel Hempstead
HertfordshireHertford
HertfordshireHitchinclosed
HertfordshireSt. Albans
HertfordshireStevenage
HertfordshireWatford
Hertfordshire96
HillingdonUxbridge
Hillingdon11
HounslowBrentford
HounslowFeltham
Hounslow22
HumbersideBridlington
HumbersideBrough
HumbersideDriffield
HumbersideGoole
HumbersideGrimsby
HumbersideHornseaclosed
HumbersideHowdenclosed
HumbersideHull (Guildhall)
HumbersideHull (Lowgate)
HumbersideMarket Weightonclosed
HumbersidePocklington
HumbersideScunthorpe
HumbersideWithernsea
Humberside1310
Inner LondonBalham
Inner LondonBelmarsh
Inner LondonBow Street
Inner LondonCamberwell Green
Inner LondonClerkenwellclosed
Inner LondonGreenwich
Inner LondonHampsteadclosed
Inner LondonHighbury Corner
Inner LondonHorseferry Road
Inner LondonMarlborough Streetclosed
Inner LondonMarylebone (181 Marylebone Rd)
Inner LondonMarylebone (185 Marylebone Rd)closed
Inner LondonOld Streetclosed
Inner LondonSeymour Placeclosed
Inner LondonSouth Western
Inner LondonThames
Inner LondonTower Bridge
Inner LondonWells Street
Inner LondonWest London
Inner LondonWoolwich
Inner London2014
Isle of WightNewport
Isle of Wight11
KentAshford
KentCanterbury
KentChatham
KentDartford
KentDover
KentFolkestone
KentGraveshamclosed
KentMaidstone
KentMargate
KentSevenoaks
KentSheernessclosed
KentSittingbourne
KentTonbridgeclosed
KentTunbridge Wells
KentWest Mailingclosed
Kent1511
Kingston uponKingston upon
ThamesThames
Kingston upon11
Thames
LancashireAccrington
LancashireBlackburn

Location of Magistrates' Courts

MCC

Courthouse

Open as at 30/9/95

Open as at 1/1/01

LancashireBlackpool
LancashireBurnley
LancashireChorley
LancashireFleetwood
LancashireLancaster
LancashireLeyland
LancashireLythamclosed
LancashireOrmskirk
LancashirePreston
LancashireReedley
LancashireRossendale
Lancashire1312
LeedsLeeds
LeedsMorleyclosed
LeedsOtleyclosed
LeedsPudseyclosed
LeedsWetherby
Leeds52
LeicestershireCoalville
LeicestershireHinckley
LeicestershireLeicester
LeicestershireLoughborough
LeicestershireLutterworthclosed
LeicestershireMarket Harborough
LeicestershireMelton Mowbray
LeicestershireRutland
Leicestershire87
LincolnshireBoston
LincolnshireBourne
LincolnshireCaistor
LincolnshireGainsborough
Lincolnshire-Grantham
LincolnshireHorncastle
LincolnshireLincoln
LincolnshireLong Sutton
LincolnshireLouth
LincolnshireMarket Rasenclosed
LincolnshireSkegness
LincolnshireSleaford
LincolnshireSpalding
LincolnshireStamford
Lincolnshire1413
ManchesterManchester
Manchester11
MerseysideBirkenhead
MerseysideBootle
MerseysideKnowsley
MerseysideLiverpool (Crosshall St)
MerseysideLiverpool (Crown & Jerome Bldgs)
MerseysideLiverpool (Dale St)
MerseysideSouthport
MerseysideSt Helens
MerseysideWallasey
Merseyside99
MertonWimbledon
Merton11
Newcastle Upon TyneGosforth
Newcastle Upon TyneNewcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle Upon Tyne22
NewhamStratford
Newham11
NorfolkCromer
NorfolkDissclosed
NorfolkEast Derehamclosed
NorfolkFakenham
NorfolkGreat Yarmouth
NorfolkHunstantonclosed
NorfolkKing's Lynn
NorfolkNorwich
NorfolkSwaffham
NorfolkThetford
Norfolk107
North & WestBolton
Manchester
North & WestBury
Manchester
North & WestLeigh
Manchester

Location of Magistrates' Courts

MCC

Courthouse

Open as at 30/9/95

Open as at 1/1/01

North & WestMiddleton
Manchester
North & WestRochdale
Manchester
North & WestSalford
Manchester
North & WestWigan
Manchester
North & West77
Manchester
North TynesideNorth Shields
North Tyneside11
North WalesAbergele
North WalesAmlwchclosed
North WalesBalaclosed
North WalesBangor
North WalesBlaenau Festiniogclosed
North WalesCaernarfon
North WalesCorwenclosed
North WalesDenbigh
North WalesDolgellau
North WalesFlint
North WalesHolyhead
North WalesLlandudno
North WalesLlangefni
North WalesLlangollenclosed
North WalesMold
North WalesPrestatyn
North WalesPwlheli
North WalesTywynclosed
North WalesWrexham
North Wales1913
North YorkshireBedaleclosed
North YorkshireEasingwoldclosed
North YorkshireHarrogate
North YorkshireIngletonclosed
North YorkshireLeyburnclosed
North YorkshireMaltonclosed
North YorkshireNorthallerton
North YorkshirePickering
North YorkshireRichmond
North YorkshireRiponclosed
North YorkshireScarborough
North YorkshireSelby
North YorkshireSkipton
North YorkshireStokesleyClosed
North YorkshireThirskclosed
North YorkshireWhitby
North YorkshireYork
North Yorkshire179
NorthamptonshireCorby
NorthamptonshireDaventry
NorthamptonshireKettering
NorthamptonshireNorthampton
NorthamptonshireTowcester
NorthamptonshireWellingborough
Northamptonshire66
NorthumberlandAlnwick
NorthumberlandBedlington
NorthumberlandBerwick upon Tweed
NorthumberlandHexham
Northumberland44
NottinghamshireMansfield (Commercial St)closed
NottinghamshireMansfield (Rosemary St)not yet open
NottinghamshireNewark
NottinghamshireNottingham (Carrington St)not yet open
NottinghamshireNottingham (Guildhall)closed
NottinghamshireNottingham (Sand Field House)closed
NottinghamshireRetford
NottinghamshireWorksop
Nottinghamshire65
OldhamOldham
Oldham11
PowysBrecon
PowysLlandrindod Wells

Location of Magistrates' Courts

MCC

Courthouse

Open as at 30/9/95

Open as at 1/1/01

PowysMachynlleth
PowysNewtown
PowysYstradgynlais
Powys55
RedbridgeRedbridge
Redbridge11
Richmond uponRichmond upon
ThamesThames
Richmond upon11
Thames
RotherhamRotherham
Rotherham11
SheffieldShefield
Sheffield11
ShropshireBridgnorth
ShropshireLudlow
ShropshireMarket Drayton
ShropshireOswestry
ShropshireShrewsbury
ShropshireTelford
ShropshireWhitchurch
Shropshire77
SomersetBridgwater
SomersetFrome
SomersetMinehead
SomersetTaunton
SomersetWells
SomersetYeovil
Somerset66
South TynesideHebburnclosed
South TynesideSouth Shields (Kepple Street)closed
South TynesideSouth Shields (Millbank)not yet open
South Tyneside21
South WalesAberdare
South WalesBarry
South WalesBridgend
South WalesCardiff
South WalesLlantrisant
South WalesMerthyr Tydfil
South WalesPontypridd
South WalesRhondda
South Wales88
StaffordshireBiddulphclosed
StaffordshireBurton upon Trent
StaffordshireCannock
StaffordshireCheadleclosed
StaffordshireKidsgroveclosed
StaffordshireLeek
StaffordshireLichfieldclosed
StaffordshireNewcastle under Lyme
StaffordshireRugeley
StaffordshireStafford
StaffordshireStoke on Trent
StaffordshireTamworth
StaffordshireWombourne
Staffordshire139
StockportStockport
Stockport11
SuffolkBury St Edmunds
SuffolkFelixstoweclosed
SuffolkHaverhillclosed
SuffolkIpswich
SuffolkLowestoft
SuffolkMildenhall
SuffolkNewmarketclosed
SuffolkSaxmundhamclosed
SuffolkStowmarketclosed
SuffolkSudbury
Suffolk105
SunderlandHoughton le Spring
SunderlandSunderland
Sunderland22
SurreyCamberley
SurreyChertseyclosed
SurreyDorking
SurreyEpsom
SurreyFarnhamclosed

Location of Magistrates' Courts

MCC

Courthouse

Open as at 30/9/95

Open as at 1/1/01

SurreyGuildford
SurreyOxtedclosed
SurreyRedhill
SurreyStaines
SurreyWoking
Surrey107
SuttonSutton
Sutton11
TamesideAshton under Lyne (Henry Sq)not yet open
TamesideAshton under Lyne (Manchester Rd)closed
TamesideDuckinsfieldclosed
Tameside21
Thames ValleyAbingdonclosed
Thames ValleyAmersham
Thames ValleyAylesbury
Thames ValleyBanbury
Thames ValleyBeaconsfield
Thames ValleyBicester
Thames ValleyBracknell
Thames ValleyBuckingham
Thames ValleyDidcot
Thames ValleyHenley on Thamesclosed
Thames ValleyMaidenhead
Thames ValleyMilton Keynes
Thames ValleyNewbury
Thames ValleyOxford
Thames ValleyReading
Thames ValleySlough
Thames ValleyThame
Thames ValleyWantage
Thames ValleyWindsorclosed
Thames ValleyWitney
Thames ValleyWycombe
Thames Valley2118
TraffordSale
Trafford11
Waltham ForestWaltham Forest
Waltham Forest11
WarwickshireAtherstone
WarwickshireLeamington Spa
WarwickshireNuneaton
WarwickshireRugby
WarwickshireStratford upon Avon
Warwickshire55
West GlamorganGowerton
West GlamorganNeath
West GlamorganPontardaweclosed
West GlamorganPort Talbot
West GlamorganSwansea
West Glamorgan54
West MidlandsBirmingham (Corporation St)
West MidlandsBirmingham (Newton Street)
West MidlandsBirmingham (Youth Court)
West MidlandsCoventry
West MidlandsDudley
West MidlandsHalesowen
West MidlandsSolihull
West MidlandsStourbridge
West MidlandsSutton Coldfield
West MidlandsWalsall (Aldridge)
West MidlandsWalsall (Stafford Street)
West MidlandsWarley
West MidlandsWest Bromwich
West MidlandsWolverhampton
West Midlands1414
West RidingBingley
West RidingBradford
West RidingCastleford
West RidingDewsbury
West RidingHuddersfield
West RidingKeighleyclosed
West RidingPontefract
West RidingWakefield
West Riding87

Location of Magistrates' Courts

MCC

Courthouse

Open as at 30/9/95

Open as at 1/1/01

West SussexArundel
West SussexChichester
West SussexCrawley
West SussexHaywards Heath
West SussexHorsham
West SussexWorthing
West Sussex66
WiltshireChippenham (Market Place)closed
WiltshireChippenham (Pewsham Way)not yet open
WiltshireDevizes
WiltshireSalisbury
WiltshireSwindon
WiltshireTrowbridge
WiltshireWootton Bassettclosed
Wiltshire65
Grand Total514*428

* This corrects the number shown in an earlier answer to the noble Lord on 6 March 2000, Official Report (WA 129).

asked Her Majesty's Government:When government guidance was last issued to Magistrates' Courts Committees on the criteria they should use in determining the number and location of magistrates' courts in their areas; and whether they will put a copy of such guidance in the Library of the House. [HL568]

The Government does not issue such guidance.The only guidance of this kind is issued by the Central Council of Magistrates' Courts Committees. Last month, the Central Council published its revised edition of the 'Good Practice Guide on Courthouse Closure', which both Ministers and Her Majesty's Magistrates' Courts Service Inspectorate endorse.Copies of this guidance have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Who is entitled to appeal to the Lord Chancellor against the closure of magistrates' courts; and whether they will list all such appeals made since the coining into force of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997 indicating the result of the appeal in each case. [HL569]

Under Section 56(3) of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997, any paying authority (local authority that contributes financially) that is aggrieved by the determination of a Magistrates' Courts Committee to close a courthouse has the right to appeal to the Lord Chancellor within one month of receipt of written notification of the determination.A list of appeals made since June 1997 when the Justices of the Peace Act 1997 came into force, is set out in the table.

Name MCC

Name of Courthouse

Decision Made

Date of Decision

StaffordshireKidsgrove, Biddulph & CheadleDismissedJuly 1997
North WalesBleanau Ffestiniog and LlangollenDismissedJuly 1997
West GlamorganPontedaweDismissedOctober 1997
Hereford & Worcester Evesham, Bromsgrove, LedburyDismissed: Evesham retainedOctober 1997
GwentBargoed, Chepstow, Monmouth, Pontlottyn, PontypoolDismissed; Chepstow retainedDecember 1997
North YorkshireMalton (Norton), StokesleyDismissedDecember 1997
HertfordshireHitchin, Hatfield, Bishop's StortfordDismissedMarch 1998
EssexBraintree, Clacton, Saffron WaldenDismissedJune 1998
North YorkshireRiponDismissedJune 1998
North WalesCorwenDismissedAugust 1998
SuffolkFelixstowe, Stowmarket, Haverhill, Saxmundham, NewmarketDismissedAugust 1998
LeedsMorley, Pudsey, WetherbyDismissed; Wetherby retainedOctober 1998
DerbyshireAshbourne, Bakewell, Matlock, Swadlincote & New court at Chesterfield (7 courtrooms) New court at Derby (11 courtrooms)DismissedNovember 1998
Berkshire & OxfordshireAbingdon. Henley, WindsorDismissedDecember 1998
CambridgeshireMarchDismissedDecember 1998
North WalesHolyhead, Mold, Prestatyn (Offices)DismissedFebruary 1999
Devon & Cornwall (shadow)location of court office: Derriford, DevonAllowedFebruary 1999
BedfordshireAmpthill; Biggleswade; Dunstable, Leighton BuzzardDismissedApril 1999
GloucestershireStow-on-the-WoldDismissedMay 1999
West RidingKeighleyDismissedFebruary 2000
CumbriaAppleby, Keswick, Wigton, WindermereDismissed26.2.00
StaffordshireLichfield,Dismissed3.4.00

Name MCC

Name of Courthouse

Decision Made

Dale of Decision

Wombourne (Seisdon)Allowed
KentGravesendDismissed8.05.00
WiltshireWootton BassettDismissed04.07.00
North & West Greater MancheserMiddleton, LeighDismissed20.12.00
CheshirePatten HallWithdrawn

Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy: Methods Of Identification

asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 22 November (

WA 84), whether they will name the chairman and external members of the steering group. [HL157]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health
(Lord Hunt of Kings Heath)

In my reply to your previous Question about membership of the group on 22 November 2000 (WA 84), I explained that the external members included representatives from a wide range of professional bodies.The group is chaired by Mr Bruce Clark, a senior official from the Department of Health. The individual external members of the group, together

with the professional associations on whose behalf they are participating, include:

  • Dr G Adshead—Royal College of Psychiatry
  • Ms I Charles-Edwards—English National Board of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting
  • Mr J Fox—Association of Chief Police Officers
  • Ms S Hensman Royal College of Nursing
  • Ms D Kinnair—Community Practitioner and Health Visitors Association
  • Ms S Smallman—United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting
  • Dr D Sowden—Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Mr A Webb—Association of Directors of Social Services

These representatives are assisting the department in drafting guidance on induced or fabricated illness in children, which will be issued for public consultation shortly.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

asked Her Majesty's Government:What they understand to be the religious and political affiliations of the current members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. [HL254]

It is not government practice to disclose personal details of individuals.