Civil Disorder

Home Department written question – answered on 8th September 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether budgets for criminal justice agencies in 2011-12 and subsequent financial years will be reviewed in light of the public disorder in August 2011.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

I have been asked to reply.

The Ministry of Justice has responsibility for the criminal justice system and my Department works closely with the Home Office and Attorney-General's Office.

As part of its regular financial and operational management, the Ministry of Justice monitors sentencing trends and prison population against the financial and capacity plans. The Department is closely monitoring the impact on its services, but the full scale of the financial implications will not be known until all offenders have been sentenced by the courts.

In relation to the police, there is no plan to review the funding settlement. Although challenging, the Home Office believes that the settlement they have reached for the police is both fair and manageable. There is no question that the police will have the resources to do their important work.

The CPS is currently assessing the additional costs which will be incurred as a result of the recent public disorder. Investigations and prosecutions will continue over the next two years at least and the full impact will not be known until all investigations and prosecutions are concluded.

The Ministry of Justice and CPS will continue to keep the Treasury informed about the implications for their financial position.

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