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Justice written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The core responsibilities of the Ministry of Justice are set out in the Appropriation Act for each year which authorises the use of resources for each department. The core functions listed include the administration of the National Offender Management Service, Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service and civil and criminal legal aid, together with functions in relation to justice policy, victims and the criminal justice system.

As at 31 December 2012, the Ministry of Justice (comprising Ministry of Justice Headquarters, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, National Offender Management Service and the Office of the Public Guardian) required a staffing level of 63,658 full-time equivalent staff to deliver these core responsibilities. This is around 9,800 fewer full-time equivalent staff than at September 2010.

The Ministry of Justice reviews staffing levels to ensure that the Department can meet its core responsibilities as efficiently as possible.

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