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Supreme Court: Costs

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of opening the Supreme Court. (298218)

The Supreme Court was delivered on time and within budget. Closure of the final accounts is under way and the full costs for the court will be announced in a written ministerial statement in due course.

Current estimated set-up costs (as announced in June 2007) are £58.9 million (made up of £36.7 million renovation costs which will be paid for by an annual lease charge of £2.1 million over 30 years and £22.2 million for repairs to external stonework, professional adviser fees, programme team costs, furniture, IT services and library costs).

In addition, the security provision at Middlesex Guildhall has been reassessed in line with other high-profile buildings in central London. While this increased overall construction costs, these remain within budget.