Shabana Mahmood – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Justice

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Shabana Mahmood on 2014-07-16.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) first-tier and (b) upper-tier tax tribunal judges there were in 2013-14; for how many days (i) first-tier and (ii) upper-tier tax tribunal panel members sat in that year; how many (A) first-tier and (B) upper-tier tax tribunal expert panel members there were in that year; and how much was paid to tax tribunal panel members in that year.

Mr Shailesh Vara

I refer the Honourable Member to the answers provided on 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 491W and 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 408W which contain the most up to date information on Judicial Numbers. Data for later periods will be contained in the next publication of Judicial Diversity Statistics, which is due for release at the end of July.

For the period 1 April 2013–31 March 2014 panel members sat in the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) for a total of 1272 days1. Members do not sit on Tax cases in the Upper Tribunal.

1This figure is taken from internal Management Information and as such has not been quality checked to the same level as official statistics.

In the financial year 2013/14, expenditure on all fee-paid judicial Office holders within the Tax jurisdiction was £1.8 million.