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Conservation: Old Street Magistrates' Court

Volume 698: debated on Wednesday 6 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In light of Old Street Magistrates’ Court no longer being required by the Ministry of Justice, what steps they are taking suitably to conserve the building and satisfactorily effect the transition to new ownership and new use. [HL1622]

Old Street Magistrates' Court is not a holding on the estate of Her Majesty's Courts Service (an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice). Up until 1 April 2005 magistrates' courts were the responsibility of locally managed magistrates' courts committees. In June 2004, the Greater London Magistrates' Courts Authority agreed a surrender of their leasehold interest in Old Street Magistrates' Court back to the freehold owners of the site (the Metropolitan Police Authority), who paid the GLMCA a capital payment in consideration of the lease surrender and disposal of their equity interest.