§ Mr. Donald Anderson
To ask the Attorney-General how many wasted costs orders have been made by courts against the Crown Prosecution Service in the last accounting year, with the breakdown of each Crown Prosecution Service area and the total sums for such areas and further broken down by the Crown courts and the magistrates courts. 
§ The Attorney-General
[pursuant to his answer, 14 May 1996, c. 384–285.]: Information is now available about the number of costs awards against CPS central casework One such order was made in the magistrates courts and four in the Crown court. That answer also overstated the number of costs awards in the magistrates courts for the CPS Yorkshire area, by including some awards in favour of the CPS. The actual number of awards against the CPS was 11. An amended table is set out.
Costs awarded against CPS 1995–96 Number of cost awards against CPS Area Crown courts Magistrate's courts Amount paid £ North 2 19 3,102 Yorkshire 11 11 8,215 Mersey/Lancashire 11 6 3,259 Humber 9 6 22,827 North-west 5 14 9,363 East midlands 20 39 18,347 Wales 10 4 5,108 Midlands 9 7 7,503 Anglia 6 16 12,637 Severn/Thames 16 16 16,798 South-west 4 4 2,227
Costs awarded against CPS 1995–96 Number of cost awards against CPS Area Crown courts Magistrate's courts Amount paid £ London 111 95 63,804 South-east 13 26 19,528 Central casework 4 1 52,003 Total 231 264 244,721
1 Information is not available to establish the enactment under which the orders were made and awards of costs made otherwise than in accordance with the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 may be included.
2 The information in relation to the number of awards is limited to Crown courts and magistrates court cases. It does not include cost awards made in the higher court.
3 The number of awards relates to all cases dealt with by the CPS areas, but does not include any orders made in respect of the specialised work handled by central casework.
4 Information about the amounts actually paid includes payments in respect of orders made in the higher courts and those in respect of the specialised work handled by central casework, but the amounts paid cannot be broken down by type of court.