§ Ross Cranston
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many(a) men and (b) women (i) applied to join, (ii) were appointed to and (iii) left the Dudley magistracy in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Wills
The table sets out the breakdown of applications, appointments and 'leavers' (resignations, retirements and deaths) for the Dudley bench for the last four years. The figures for applications received include400W those for Stourbridge and Halesowen bench as well because they are recorded for the Advisory Committee area as a whole and not broken down by bench. No breakdown is available for the years before that because the information was not recorded until my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor introduced a new, more comprehensive Annual Report form in 1998.
Breakdown of applications, appointments and 'leavers' (resignations, retirements and deaths) for the Dudley bench Applied1 Appointed Left2 Year Male Female Male Female Male Female 2000–01 17 18 4 7 5 6 1999–2000 30 14 8 6 3 4 1998–99 12 17 2 8 14 5 1997–98 23 12 5 3 8 0 1 Includes Stourbridge and Halesowen 2 Retired/Died/Resigned