HC Deb 03 April 2001 vol 366 c174W
40. Mr. Luff

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on her policy on rural magistrates courts. [155211]

Jane Kennedy

The Government's policy is that magistrates courts are best managed locally by magistrates courts committees, under the provisions of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997. Decisions concerning the future of magistrates courts in their area, whether rural or urban, are for the relevant magistrates courts committee to determine.