Courts: Sales

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the (a) market value of courts sold as part of HM Courts and Tribunal reform programme and (b) the resale value of those courts after they entered private ownership.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

HMCTS achieves market value when selling surplus buildings and takes professional advice as part of the disposal process to make sure that this is the case.

Sale receipts for court and tribunal buildings sold since 2016 are as follows

Property

Receipt (£)

Abergavenny Magistrates Court

499,809

Barnstaple Magistrates' & County Court

95,000

Bolton Magistrates' Court

750,000

Bow County Court

3,500,000

Bracknell Magistrates' Court

1,000,001

Brecon Law Court

575,000

Bridgend Magistrates Court

375,000

Caerphilly Magistrates Court

445,000

Carmarthen Law Courts (The Guildhall)

223,000

Chester-le-Street Magistrates Court

100,000

Dolgellau Mags & Crown Court

67,509

Feltham Magistrates Court

2,150,000

Gloucester Western Road

850,000

Grantham Magistrates Court

560,000

Greenwich Magistrates Court

12,005,000

Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court

43,000,000

Holyhead Magistrates Court (North Anglsey),

112,500

Lambeth County Court

100,000

Liverpool, Dale Street Magistrates

1,000,000

Llangefni County Court

72,000

Neath And Port Talbot County Court

250,000

Northallerton Magistrates' Court

450,000

Pontypridd Magistrates Court

350,000

Rhyl County Court

92,150

Richmond Upon Thames Magistrates Court

9,850,000

Solihull Magistrates Court

4,300,000

Spalding Magistrates' Court

278,350

Tottenham (Enfield) Magistrates Court

4,570,000

Waltham Forest Magistrates Court

3,471,040

Watford Magistrates Court

3,836,000

Weston Super Mare Magistrates' Court

116,078

Woolwich County Court

2,555,000

The table above excludes transfers of surplus properties to other government departments (such as Homes England) as these are not categorised as sale transactions, but as internal transfers within government.

Since the start of the Reform Programme all money raised from the sale of surplus buildings has been reinvested in the reform of HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service does not hold information on the resale value of former court and tribunal buildings. HM Courts and Tribunals Service does however monitor resale values in instances that could yield overage. As with any property, details of any subsequent sales can be obtained from the Land Registry.

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