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Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the cost of setting up the new tribunals service under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill if enacted. (150918)

The Tribunals Service has been operating as a government agency since April 2006. The net running costs in 2006-07 were £286.8 million. The Regulatory Impact Assessment for the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill was published on the 16 November 2006. That identified the estimated additional cost of implementation as £50,000. This was for establishing the Tribunal Procedure Committee as set out in The Regulatory Impact Assessment. These estimates will be updated as required by the Cabinet Office guidance on Impact Assessments.