HC Deb 31 October 2001 vol 373 cc752-3W
Mr. Challen

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many magistrates in the Leeds district currently serve on the present petty sessional area benches; and for each of those PSA benches how many reside in the areas served by those benches. [10292]

Mr. Wills

The Advisory Committee has provided the figures requested on the numbers of magistrates on the four benches covered by the Leeds Advisory Committee. They are set out in the table. By statute, magistrates must live in the commission area in which they serve or within 15 miles of its boundaries. There is no requirement for them to live in the petty sessional area to which they are assigned.

Number of magistrates in the Leeds area
Petty sessional area Number of magistrates Number living within the petty sessional area
Leeds 309 204
Morley 22 20
Pudsey and Otley 33 31
Skyrack and Wetherby 48 41
Total 412 296