HC Deb 24 January 1972 vol 829 cc335-6W
Mr. Moyle

asked the Attorney-General how many courts are at present available for use under the Courts Act, 1971; and how many such courts will be needed when the Act is fully implemented.

The Attorney-General

There are at present 238 court rooms available for use by the High Court and the Crown Court in England and Wales, including a number shared with magistrates' courts, and some temporary accommodation. More court rooms are urgently wanted if

all distributions of earnings of such full-time adults in all industries. In each column, the sample numbers covered by the listed groups of major collective agreements are expressed as percentages, rounded to the nearest integer, of the corresponding all-industries total.

all cases are to be dealt with expeditiously, especially in London, where emergency measures should provide about an additional 20 by the end of 1973.

The Courts Act, 1971, has now been fully implemented administratively, but more new buildings will be needed to handle increased work in certain places and to replace obsolete or unsatisfactory courts. Plans have been approved for buildings to be completed by 1977 at 10 centres, providing a total of 81 new courtrooms—a net increase of 44, as 37 court rooms will cease to be used by the High Court and Crown Court. A further and continuing programme will be necessary in later years.