§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many commissioners have been appointed under section 33 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993; when they were given their appointments; how many are women; what is the length of their term of office; what is their remuneration; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
[holding answer 15 December 1993]: Under the provisions of section 33 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 which will come into effect on 1 January 1994, a commissioner to take a child's evidence will be appointed by a judge on application. The appointment will last for the duration of the commission.
Remuneration to the commissioner will depend on a number of factors including the commissioner's legal seniority, the duration of the commission and its location.