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HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th October 2018.

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Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of providing HM Courts and Tribunal Service cleaning and security services in-House; whether trade union recognition will form part of the tendered contracts; and what steps he plans to take to ensure that employees are paid the living wage as recognised by the Living Wage Foundation.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 25 June 2018.

The correct answer should have been:

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has undertaken an assessment of the merits of providing services in-house but has determined that continued outsourcing of these services is the most efficient model and provides best value for the taxpayer. For such contracts, service providers are expected to observce Cabinet Office Guidance that "service providers should actively communicate and, where appropriate, seek to build good relations with trade unions"For all such contracts, trade union recognition is a requirement of service providers.

Rates of pay for employees delivering outsourced services are determined by their respective employers. All employers must comply with statutory legislation and pay at least the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage.

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Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has undertaken an assessment of the merits of providing services in-house but has determined that continued outsourcing of these services is the most efficient model and provides best value for the taxpayer. For such contracts, service providers are expected to observce Cabinet Office Guidance that "service providers should actively communicate and, where appropriate, seek to build good relations with trade unions"For all such contracts, trade union recognition is a requirement of service providers.

Rates of pay for employees delivering outsourced services are determined by their respective employers. All employers must comply with statutory legislation and pay at least the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No1 person thinks not

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