Courts: Sales

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th July 2019.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the sale price was of each (a) magistrates' court building, (b) youth court and (c) Crown court sold in the last two years.

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

Sales of Magistrates’, Youth and Crown court buildings from the 2017/18 financial year onwards are as follows

Property

Receipt (£)

Reform/Pre-reform

Abergavenny Magistrates Court

499,809

Reform

Barnstaple Magistrates' & County Court

95,000

Reform

Bolton Magistrates' Court

750,000

Reform

Brecon Law Court

575,000

Reform

Caerphilly Magistrates Court

445,000

Reform

Chester-le-Street Magistrates Court

100,000

Reform

Cirencester Magistrates' Court

450,000

Pre-reform

Dolgellau Mags & Crown Court

67,509

Reform

Dorking Magistrates' Court

2,125,000

Pre-reform

Greenwich Magistrates Court

12,005,000

Reform

Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court

43,000,000

Reform

Holyhead Magistrates Court (North Anglsey),

112,500

Reform

Keighley (Bingley) Magistrates' Court

254,310

Pre-reform

Liverpool, Dale Street Magistrates

1,000,000

Reform

Lyndhurst Magistrates' Court

900,000

Pre-reform

Northallerton Magistrates' Court

450,000

Reform

Oswestry Magistrates' Court

110,602

Pre-reform

Richmond Upon Thames Magistrates Court

9,850,000

Reform

Solihull Magistrates Court

4,300,000

Reform

Tottenham (Enfield) Magistrates Court

4,570,000

Reform

Towcester Magistrates' Court

50,000

Pre-reform

Waltham Forest Magistrates Court

3,471,040

Reform

Watford Magistrates Court

3,836,000

Reform

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

The closure of any court is not taken lightly – it only happens following full public consultation and when communities have reasonable access to alternative courts.

Since the start of the Reform Programme, money raised from the sale of surplus buildings has been reinvested in the reform of HM Courts & Tribunals Service. The table above identifies pre-reform buildings where this is not the case.

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