Judges: Housing

Justice written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) what the budget for judges' lodgings was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14; and how much is so budgeted for 2014-15;

(2) what the budget was for each judges' lodging in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice are currently reviewing spend on judges' lodges, and intend to report the findings this spring. The most serious or complex cases are heard in courts nearest to where events took place so it's as convenient as possible for the victims or witnesses involved. This means High Court judges can spend long periods away at different courts around England and Wales, and they need secure and suitable accommodation when doing so. But, given the current financial climate, it is also vital we take a long, hard look at all departmental spending to ensure better value for hardworking taxpayers' money. That is exactly what we are doing.

The budgets for judges' lodgings are provided as follows. All budget figures exclude payroll and other staff costs with exception for 2010-11 which excludes payroll costs but includes budget of £86,000 for agency staff. Payroll costs are met from the central budget for the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) estate directorate, which provides a shared service function for the management of the wider MOJ estate.

  Budget (£)
2010-11 2,494,000
2011-12 1,658,000
2012-13 1,600,000
2013-14 2,920,000
2014-15 n/a
n/a = Not available

The budgets for different years cannot be compared as they are not on a like for like basis. The 2010-11 figure includes a budget for maintenance (£842,000) and the 2013-14 budget includes maintenance (£815,000) and total facilities management (£470,000). For 2011-12 and 2012-13, a decision was taken to include maintenance and total facilities management within the regional budgets for the whole estate.

The budget for 2014-15 is not available as it has not been finalised. Budgets for individual lodgings are not produced as judges' lodgings are managed as a single service.

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