HC Deb 09 February 2001 vol 362 cc773-4W
Mr. Singh

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what further progress the Lord Chancellor has made in implementing the recommendations of the report by Sir Leonard Peach on procedures for appointments to judicial office; what progress has been made in setting up the pilot assessment centre; and when it will be operational. [149281]

Mr. Lock

The Lord Chancellor has made significant progress in implementing the 26 recommendations made in the report by Sir Leonard Peach. For example, changes have been made to the consultation process and application forms. Two major recommendations were for the creation of a Commission for Judicial Appointments and the development of a pilot assessment centre. It is anticipated that an announcement about the appointment of the First Commissioner for Judicial Appointments will be made in March. Following the appointment of the First Commissioner, work can begin to appoint Deputy Commissioners. Preparatory work for the pilot assessment centre has begun and will continue this year with a view to running the pilot next year.