§ Mr. Boateng
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the total number of representations received by the Lord Chancellor in regard to the White Paper, "A New Framework for Local Justice", and how many were from serving magistrates, whether stipendiary or lay.
Mr. John M. Taylor
In addition to 964 responses to the consultation documents issued by his Department, the Lord Chancellor has received in the region of 650 representations on the White Paper, comprising approximately 350 letters from hon. Members and approximately 300 letters from members of the magistrates courts service and other interested bodies, the majority of which were from serving magistrates. He has also received personal representations from 10 magistrates.