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Supreme Court: Costs

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the total estimated cost is of the establishment of the Supreme Court; and how much is expected to be spent on (a) design, (b) building work and (c) financial management. (143703)

As announced on 14 June 2007, the estimated set-up costs for establishing a Supreme Court are £56.9 million. The building work will cost £36.7 million, which will be paid for by an annual lease charge of £2.1 million over 30 years. Both these amounts are within original estimates. The additional £20.2 million covers professional adviser fees, programme team costs, furniture, IT services and library costs. Of that £20.2 million, £2.6 million is design costs associated with the renovation of the UK Supreme Court.

The set-up costs of the Supreme Court will be met through the Ministry's allocated budget.