§ Mr. Onslow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason it was decided to provide each member of every justices' bench in England and Wales with a copy of the relevant volume of his Department's analysis of the costs of the criminal justice system, 1992; and what were the costs of this exercise including the cost of multi-colour printing.
§ Mr. Jack
Section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 requires the Home Secretary to publish information annually to assist those engaged in the administration of criminal justice to become aware of the financial 423W implications of their decisions. It was decided to provide magistrates with individual volumes to ensure that they had personal access to this important information.
The total cost of printing, producing and distributing the volumes was £124,290, or £2.54 per copy.