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Courthouse Closures

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Lord Chancellor's Department about (a) the proposed closure of courthouses in Northern Ireland and (b) the timetable for such closures. [98331]

The management of the courts estate is the responsibility of the Lord Chancellor. During the past couple of years there have been a number of informal discussions between NIO Ministers and Ministers from the Lord Chancellor's Department on the issue of courthouse closures in Northern Ireland as part of normal business of keeping each other informed of developments.