HM Courts Service: Security

Justice written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Jim Cousins Jim Cousins Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) at how many courts the provision of security, guarding and surveillance services have been outsourced to private contractors;

(2) how many staff the Courts Service employs directly or via contractors for security and guarding duties.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Contracted security guarding services are provided to 609 courts.

The majority of security guarding services in Her Majesty's Courts Service are contracted out. Contractors currently provide 1,361 guards in courts. A further 50 staff are employed directly by HMCS.

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