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Courts: Means Testing

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 14 July 2009

Statement

The Government published their response to consultation and impact assessment on Crown Court means testing on 8 June 2009. The response sets out the Government’s intentions in respect of the introduction of the new scheme, to begin in January 2010.

Today, I am announcing a consultation process on the draft regulations designed to support the introduction of Crown Court means testing. The consultation period will last from 14 July 2009 until 5 October 2009.

Copies of the draft regulations have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, and they are also available at www.justice.gov.uk. The ministry’s website also gives details of how to respond to the consultation exercise.