§ Jacqui Smith
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many district and deputy district judges are able to sit as arbitrators in small claims proceedings; and how many of those have received training in handling small claims. 
§ Mr. Hoon
All district judges and deputy district judges, apart from those who sit in the Principal Registry of the Family Division, have the jurisdiction to sit as arbitrators in small claims proceedings. The Judicial Studies Board provides training on handling small claims arbitrations for all Deputy District judges as part of their induction programme.