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Crime: Economic Situation

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to provide additional resources to (a) the police, (b) the courts, (c) the probation service and (d) prisons as a consequence of any changes to the level of crime during 2010 and 2011 resulting from the recession. (258568)

I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor’s reply on 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1166W. There are no plans to increase the Department’s budget, which was agreed in the comprehensive spending review 2007. Forecasts of demand for services have been taken into account when agreeing allocations to business groups for 2009-10, and there are no plans to provide additional resources for this year. Forecasts of demand will again be taken into account when agreeing financial allocations to departmental business groups for 2010-11, but these have not yet been agreed. The Department has set up a Performance and Efficiency programme to deliver ways of working more efficiently in order to deliver our objectives from within existing budgets. Police funding is the responsibility of the Home Office and not the Ministry of Justice.