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Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral contribution at the Justice Select Committee on 16 October 2019, what the total funding applied for by the Department was in the Spending Round 2019.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

In our Spending Round 2019 request, the Ministry of Justice sought funding for the department’s key priorities. This included funding to prepare for Brexit, to ensure the effective operation of the courts and tribunals system, to deliver a strong probation service, and to support a prisons system which provides decent and safe accommodation, and reduces reoffending.

The Ministry was successful in securing a 4.9% real term increase in our fiscal resource funding for the next financial year, having agreed a settlement of £8.142bn. In addition to our resource budget we also agreed a capital settlement for 2020-21 of £620m.

We have subsequently agreed additional funding for 2020-21 of £156m to further invest in custodial maintenance. Our revised settlement for 2020-21 is £8.198bn fiscal resource and £720m capital. We are now in the process of setting internal budget allocations to ensure this budget delivers our priorities as effectively as possible.

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