Results 121–140 of 4150 for speaker:Bridget Prentice

Written Answers — Justice: Family Courts: Mass Media (27 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The Ministry of Justice published a study into the impact of the April 2009 rule changes on 21 January 2010. The study can be found on the Ministry of Justice website and copies have been laid in the House of Commons Library.

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Advice and Assistance (27 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Seasonal fluctuations were not taken into account when calculating the annual run-rate of firms, which predict the number of matter starts that might potentially be required by each provider to year end. However, any provider who had their allocation of matter starts reduced following the review can request a review by the Legal Services Commission and present evidence in support of a request...

Public Bill Committee: Children, Schools and Families Bill: Clause 1 (26 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I did not intend to intervene in the debate, but it has become fascinating. The subject matter of the verb “leaves” is “child”, and I hope the hon. Gentleman understands that small grammatical correction. I agree with him wholeheartedly that children should not leave primary school without being able to read, write and do maths. However, the wording of his amendment is...

Written Answers — Justice: Coroners: Northern Ireland (26 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The Coroners Rules in Northern Ireland require that where an inquest is necessary it must be held as soon as is practicable after the coroner has been notified of the death. The Coroners Service for Northern Ireland was extensively reorganised in 2006. The following changes have been introduced with the objective of improving service delivery: 1. A full-time coronial judiciary was established...

Written Answers — Justice: Interpreters (26 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The information requested is set out as follows. Expenditure on interpreters in England and Wales by the Department and its agencies The expenditure for financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09 are shown in the following table: To nearest £000 2008-09 2007-08 Ministry of Justice HQ 26 19 HM Courts Service (HMCS) 638 704 HMCS Crown Courts paid from Central Fund Budget...

Written Answers — Justice: Office for Legal Complaints (26 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The Office for Legal Complaints will administer the Legal Ombudsman Scheme which will provide a single point of entry with consistent handling of all consumer complaints about providers of regulated legal services. This will replace the existing complaints handling regime with a new system and therefore the operation of the Legal Complaints Service will not transfer to the Office for Legal...

Written Answers — Justice: Office for Legal Complaints (26 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: At present the OLC has four permanent members of staff one of whom is Adam Sampson who formally took up post as Chief Ombudsman and Chief Executive on 1 July 2009. The roles of the other three permanent employees are Head of External Affairs, Board Secretary and Head of Human Resources. In addition, the OLC has two employees on fixed term contracts: the interim Chief Operation Officer and an...

Written Answers — Justice: Office for Legal Complaints (26 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The budgeted cost of establishing the Office for Legal Complaints is £15.1 million. To date £7 million has been expended or committed. However, the costs of establishing the Office for Legal Complaints will be recouped through a levy on the legal professions, and therefore, ultimately, there will be no cost to the public purse.

Written Answers — Justice: Office for Legal Complaints (26 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I am pleased to say that the Office for Legal Complaints is on course to accept complaint cases for consideration under its Legal Ombudsman scheme by late 2010.

Written Answers — Justice: Royal Family: Wills (26 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: No process has been initiated for the creation of a new practice for sealing royal wills following the death of the late Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. The President of Family Division, Sir Mark Potter, has, however, initiated a review of the court practice governing non-contentious probate business in general. The review will be wide-ranging and will include...

Written Answers — Justice: Working Group on Libel Law Review (26 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The terms of reference of the working group on libel law are: "to consider whether the law of libel, including the law relating to "libel tourism", in England and Wales needs reform, and if so to make recommendations as to solutions". The membership of the group will be announced shortly. The working group has been requested to make recommendations by mid-March.

Written Answers — Justice: Burges Salmon Solicitors (25 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: To date the Ministry of Justice have received four written inquiries from hon. Members and three questions in the House, including those raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Vale of Clwyd, regarding the conduct of Burges Salmon LLP Solicitors. As I have previously stated, this matter is currently being investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Written Answers — Justice: Debt Collection (25 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Nine certificated bailiffs have been removed from the register in the years 2007 to 2009. Their certificates were cancelled either due to an upheld complaint or dismissal from their employer. Cancellation of a bailiff's certificate may result from a complaint in Form 4 or 5 of the Distress for Rent Rules 1988 as to the bailiff's conduct or fitness to hold a certificate. Such a complaint is...

Written Answers — Justice: Debt Collection (25 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: In 2008, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor asked for a reassessment of the enforcement provisions within the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 to ensure that they remain appropriate. Following that review, the Government announced on 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 46WS, that they would not implement the provisions in Part 4 of the Act.

Written Answers — Justice: Debts: Credit Cards (25 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 11 January 2010, Official R eport, column 788W. The national roll out of credit and debit card facilities is currently under consideration. The timetable for the introduction of these facilities has not yet been finalised. The evaluation report will be published during the spring.

Written Answers — Justice: Housing: Sales (25 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The table shows the numbers of applications for charging orders, and the number of charging orders made, in the county courts of England and Wales in each year since 1997. No figures are held centrally for orders for sale prior to June 2009, when a new data collection system was introduced. These data show that 160 orders for sale were made in the county courts of England and Wales between...

Written Answers — Justice: Magistrates Courts: Fines (25 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: All magistrates courts in England and Wales offer facilities for payment to be made in person with the exception of Wells, Maidenhead, Abertillery, Aberystwyth, Ammanford, Cardigan and Carmarthen. The variety of payment facilities at other courts vary from site to site but include cash deposit boxes, payment counters, dedicated telephone lines and staff members with Allpay accounts. Her...

Written Answers — Justice: Magistrates Courts: Fines (25 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: HMCS systems are unable to provide collection rates of fines for individual magistrates courts. Fine collection rates are broken down by local criminal justice board (LCJB) areas. The current payment rate of financial impositions, from both the magistrates and crown courts, for each LCJB for the period April 2009 to December 2009 is: LCJB area Payment rate (percentage) Avon and...

Written Answers — Justice: Magistrates Courts: Fines (25 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: All magistrates courts in England and Wales offer facilities for payment to be made in person with the exception of Abertillery, Aberystwyth, Ammanford, Cardigan and Carmarthen, Maidenhead and Wells. The variety of payment facilities at other courts vary from site to site but include cash deposit boxes, payment counters, dedicated telephone lines and staff members with Allpay accounts. Her...

Written Answers — Justice: Members: Correspondence (25 Jan 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I replied to the hon. Member on 11 January.


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