Judges: Housing

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what (a) estimate she has made of the cost and (b) assessment she has made of the merits of providing judges with hotel accommodation instead of judges' lodgings in each location where lodgings are situated; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Minister of State (Department of Constitutional Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

A straight comparison of the cost between housing judges in hotels or accommodating them in lodgings is not easily made. Judges' lodgings are an essential requirement for accommodating high court judges sitting outside of London. They provide a safe and secure environment and enable the judges to work in privacy and ensure confidentiality for extended periods, which hotels are unable to match except at prohibitive cost.

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