HC Deb 08 July 2002 vol 388 cc777-8W
Keith Vaz

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many court staff he estimates will be made redundant as a result of his proposals to modernise the civil courts. [65279]

Yvette Cooper

The timetable and extent of the courts Tribunals Modernisation Programme has not been finalised so it is not yet known what the subsequent effect on staffing levels will be. Initial business planning assumptions indicate that it may be possible to minimise redundancies through the effective management of retirement and recruitment policies, natural turnover of staff and by exploring opportunities for staff in other areas such as the Immigration Appeal Appellate. Redundancy options will be explored only as a last resort, and there w ill be full consultation with the relevant trade unions throughout.

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