HC Deb 30 January 2001 vol 362 cc153-4W
39. Dr. Naysmith

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has made of the resource implications for the work of his Department on the Human Rights Act 1998; and if he will make a statement. [146220]

Mr. Lock

The Government have set aside £21 million for additional court sittings if they are required and £39 million for legal aid if it is required. For further detail, I refer my hon. Friend to the replies given on 10 April 2000,Official Report, column 21W, and 26 June 2000, Official Report, column 430W. In addition to this, training for staff in my Department was met within existing resources.

Mrs. Fiona Jones

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many of the judiciary have undergone training on the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998. [147450]

Mr. Lock

Judicial training is the responsibility of the Judicial Studies Board. In preparation for the implementation of the Human Rights Act, the Judicial Studies Board held a series of one-day training events to which every full-time and part-time judge in England and Wales was invited. 3,491 members of the judiciary (including 67 chairmen and members of tribunals) attended these seminars.

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