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Courts Service: Budgets

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 29 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much is the shortfall in the budgets for (a) Her Majesty's Courts Service, and (b) the Tribunals Service. [HL5697]

The Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) was published in November 2007. It is a public document.

As part of the agreed CSR07 settlement and as part of the Ministry of Justice-wide savings initiative, Her Majesty's Courts Service agreed to deliver savings as follows:

£82 million in 2008-09;

£46 million in 2009-10 (after an £11 million increase in fee income); and

£17 million in 2010-11 (after a further increase of £16 million in fee income).

In 2008-09, an additional £27 million saving is required due to a predicted shortfall in civil and family fee income.

As part of the agreed CSR07 settlement and as part of the Ministry of Justice-wide savings initiative, the Tribunals Service agreed to deliver as follows:

£9 million in 2008-09;

£19 million in 2009-10 (£4 million due to increase in fee income); and

£45 million in 2010-11 (£16 million due to increase in fee income).

This includes the £54 million savings agreed across the CSR period and the increase in fee income in 2009-10 and 2010-11 which will reduce our net budget requirement.