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Supreme Court: Operating Costs

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the estimated running costs of the new Supreme Court are for the 2010-11. (296916)

The annual running costs of the Supreme Court are expected to be £13.5 million. In a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament on 15 July 2009, it was announced that the anticipated running costs for the UK Supreme Court would be £12.3 million. At present Her Majesty’s Court Service pays £1.2 million pension and national insurance contributions with respect to the Law Lords. For transparency this was transferred to the UK Supreme Court from 1 October. This does not represent any additional cost to the public purse. For the first year we have provided an additional £300,000 to cover transitional set-up costs, this is being met from within existing resources. The costs of some aspects of the court’s operation, including security, remain to be finalised and so the anticipated running costs will continue to be refined and reviewed.