Courts Service

Prayers – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th May 1995.

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Photo of Mrs Barbara Roche Mrs Barbara Roche , Hornsey and Wood Green 12:00 am, 15th May 1995

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement about the cost of the Courts Service becoming an executive agency. [22512]

Mr. John M. Taylor:

The total cost of the Court Service's move to agency status is approximately £900,000, spread over three years.

Photo of Mrs Barbara Roche Mrs Barbara Roche , Hornsey and Wood Green

At a time of crisis in the Courts Service, with long delays and more than 10,000 complaints under the courts charter, is it not a scandalous waste of taxpayers' money when there is no evidence that it is improving access to justice?

Mr. Taylor:

Far from being a scandalous waste, it is money well spent. The Government believe that generally the more businesslike focus of the agency will lead to greater efficiency, as well as higher standards of service.