HC Deb 05 February 1996 vol 271 cc61-2W
Mr. Ainger

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the number of staff employed by his Department or related agencies in each of the travel-to-work areas of Carmarthen, south Pembrokeshire, Haverfordwest, Fishguard and Cardigan on (a) 31 March 1979, (b) 31 March 1990, (c) 31 March 1992, (d) 31 March 1995, (e) the latest available figure and (f) the estimate for 31 March 1997. [13296]

Mr. Jonathan Evans

The information requested for 31 March 1979 and 31 March 1990 is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. For the periods 31 March 1992 and 31 March 1995 no staff were employed in the Lord Chancellor's Department or related agencies in south Pembrokeshire, Fishguard or Cardigan. For Carmarthen and Haverfordwest the information is set out in the table.

The remaining parts of he question relate to information on which the chief executive of the Court Service is best placed to provide an answer and I have accordingly asked the chief executive to reply direct.

Number of staff employed by the Lord Chancellor's Department
Area Courts District Probate Registry
31 March 1992
Carmarthen 10.5 4
Haverfordwest 10 n/a
31 March 1995
Carmarthen 10.5 2.5
Haverfordwest 10 n/a

Letter from M. D. Heubner to Mr. Nick Ainger, dated 5 February 1996:


The Parliamentary Secretary has asked me to reply to your Question about the number of staff employed in these areas.

The Court Service does not hold information about staff employed in travel-to-work areas, and it could be collated only at a disproportionate cost. However, at present there are no Court Service staff employed in Fishguard, South Pembrokeshire or Cardigan and there are no plans for staff to be employed in these areas in the future. There are 24 members of Court Service staff, 21 full time and 2 part-time, employed in Haverfordwest and Carmarthen and it is estimated that 22 full time members of staff will be employed in these areas on 31 March 1997.