HC Deb 26 June 1991 vol 193 c475W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Attorney-General if he will list by year for the last five years the number of justices of the peace in Doncaster by ward; and what steps have been taken over the last five years to increase the proportion of young justices of the peace, women justices of the peace, justices of the peace from ethnic minorities and justices of the peace from under-represented wards.

The Attorney-General

The present number of active justices of the peace in Doncaster by totalling the numbers for the wards in each parliamentary constituency is as follows:

Doncaster, Central 71
Don Valley 74
Doncaster, North 43

The figures for the last five years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost and would not be likely to show any appreciable difference. Over the last five years the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Doncaster has continued, as required by the Lord Chancellor, to seek out men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life so that the bench broadly reflects the local community and is balanced in terms of age, sex, occupation and residence within the area.

The methods adopted by the committee towards achieving this aim have been by way of notices and articles in the local press, letters to all parish councils, major employers, political organisations, trade unions and magistrates on the active and supplemental list.