§ 41. Mr. Canavan
To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department for how many public appointments the Lord Chancellor is responsible; and how many such appointments he has made since he took office. 
§ Mr. Hoon
The latest edition of the Cabinet Office publication, "Public Bodies", specifies that, as at 1 September 1998, there are 1,818 non-judicial positions in non-departmental public bodies for which the Lord Chancellor is responsible.
The Lord Chancellor has made 496 appointments to NDPBs since he came to office on 2 May 1997. This number does not include other appointments, such as judicial appointments; or appointments the Lord Chancellor may make to bodies for which other Ministers are responsible.