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 changes to the (a) arrangements for and (b) availability of judges' lodgings have been made since 1997; 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

The following are the major changes that have taken place since 1997:

The lodgings at Mold was closed.

The lodgings at Exeter, Lewes, Oxford and Truro have been replaced with better value accommodation.

There have been a significant number of actions to reduce running costs including the removal of the outdated butler posts.

A more cost-effective system for getting judges to court has been introduced using the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

Introduction of new finance and accounting regimes reducing the management overheads of running the lodgings.

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