§ 40. Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department what proposals he has to review the role of sheriffs. 
§ Mr. Hoon
Sheriffs have a role in the enforcement of High Court judgments. A review of enforcement is currently being undertaken by the Lord Chancellor's Department, which will examine that role in some detail.
Law Commission reports not implemented by legislation Year Number Title 1966 5 Landlord and Tenant: Interim Report on Distress for Rent1 1969 21 Interpretation of Statutes 1970 32 Civil Liability for Dangerous Things and Activities1 1973 52 Family Law: first report on Family Property1 1973 53 Family Law: Report on Solemnisation of Marriage in England and Wales 1975 65 Transfer of Land: Report on "Subject to Contract" Agreements1 1975 67 Report on Obligations of Landlords and Tenants 1977 83 Criminal Law: Report on Defences of General Application 1977 84 Law of Contract: Report on the Proposed EEC Directive on the law relating to Commercial Agents1 1978 89 Criminal Law: Report on the Mental Element on Crime 1979 96 Criminal Law: Offences relating to Interference with the Course of Justice 1980 104 Insurance Law: Non-Disclosure and Breach of Warranty 1981 109 Council of Europe Conventions on Foreign Money Liabilities1 1981 110 Breach of Confidence 1982 115 Property Law: The Implications of Williams and Glyn 's Bank Ltd. v Boland 1984 127 The Law of Positive and Restrictive Covenants 1985 142 Codification of the law of Landlord and Tenant: Forfeiture of Tenancies 1985 143 Criminal Law: Codification of the Criminal Law: A Report to the Law Commission 1985 145 Criminal Law: Offences against Religion and Public Worship 1985 149 Criminal Law: Report on Criminal Libel 1985 152 Property Law: Liability for Chancel Repairs 1986 154 Law of Contract: The Parol Evidence Rule1 1986 156 Law of Contract: Implied Terms of Contracts for the Supply of Services1 1987 158 Third Report on Land Registration. A. Overriding Interests: B. Rectification and Indemnity: C. Minor Interests1 1987 162 Landlord and Tenant: Reform of the Law1 1987 168 The Law of Domicile 1988 173 Fourth Report on Land Registration 1988 175 Matrimonial Property 1989 177 A Criminal Code for England and Wales 1989 178 Compensation for Tenants' Improvements 1990 191 Transfer of Land: Risk of Damage after Contract for Sale1 1991 194 Landlord and Tenant: Distress for Rent 1991 201 Transfer of Land: Obsolete Restrictive Covenants 1991 204 Transfer of Land: Land Mortgages 1992 208 Business Tenancies—A Periodic Review of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Part II 1993 218 Offences against the Person and General Principles 1993 219 Contributory Negligence as a Defence in Contract 1994 221 Termination of Tenancies 1994 222 Binding Over 1994 225 Personal Injury Compensation—How much is enough? A Study of the Compensation Experiences of Victims of Personal Injury1 1994 226 Judicial Review and Statutory Appeals2 1994 227 Restitution: Mistakes of Law and Ultra Vires Public Authority Receipts and Payments 1995 229 Intoxication and Criminal Liability 1995 231 Mental Incapacity 1995 236 Fiduciary Duties and Regulatory Rules 1996 237 Involuntary Manslaughter 1996 238 Responsibility for State and Condition of Property
Work on this stage of the review will begin in July 2000. Any proposals that might change the role of Sheriffs will be subject to full public consultation as and when they arise. I am not aware of any proposals to review the functions that Sheriffs have in addition to their enforcement role.