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Courts Service: Public Expenditure

Volume 704: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will consult the Civil Justice Council, the Bar Council, the Law Society and other stakeholders before reducing public expenditure by the Ministry of Justice in ways which may have an adverse impact on access to justice, including affecting levels of staffing in courts and tribunals, computer systems supporting Her Majesty's Courts Services and the Tribunals Service, public law child care proceedings, and cost recovery for immigration appeals. [HL5698]

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (Jack Straw) and the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice have been in communication with stakeholders about the Ministry of Justice's performance efficiency programme, and further contact will be made by the relevant senior officials in the MoJ on plans for engagement as more detailed work is undertaken to put our plans in place. The House of Commons in voting supply and setting taxation rightly expects that all taxpayers funded services are as efficient and effective as possible.