§ Mr. Curry
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what estimate he has made of the additional costs to the Probation Service following the proposed closure of Ripon Liberty magistrates court resulting from(a) travel to and from Harrogate court, (b) the possible increase in the number of adjournments and (c) additional time spent travelling. 
§ Mr. Hoon
None. Magistrates' courts are provided by the local paying authority for the use of the magistrates' courts committee (MCC). Closure decisions are for the MCC to determine, although a contributing local authority may appeal to the Lord Chancellor against a proposed closure. The procedure for such appeals is set out in section 56 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1979. In the absence of an appeal the Lord Chancellor has no locus in the matter112W
Whilst a consultation process has been undertaken on possible closures, North Yorkshire MCC has made no determination to close any courts, at this time.