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Committee looks at Justice Ministry plans for police, prisons and courts

22 March 2021

The Justice Committee takes evidence on 23 March 2021 from the Ministry of Justice, the HM Courts & Tribunals Service and the HM Prison & Probation Service.

Likely areas of questioning

  • What will be the impact on the work of the Ministry of Justice of the thousands of extra police officers and the thousands of extra prison places which the government is planning for the next few years?
  • How has the Covid-19 pandemic slowed the work of courtrooms and complicated the running of prisons? At the same time, has the pandemic also, perhaps, presented opportunities for tackling long-standing problems in novel ways?

These are just some of the questions the Justice Committee will be seeking illumination on when it takes one of its regular looks at the work of the Ministry of Justice, including its financial accounts.

The session will welcome a panel of senior officials from Ministry of Justice on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 1430 HRS. The proceedings will be broadcast on

The Ministry of Justice spends over £10bn a year. About 50% of this goes on the prison and probation services. Around 20% goes on the courts system, while a further roughly 20% is spent on legal aid.

The annual report and accounts of the Ministry of Justice are usually published each year before the Parliamentary summer recess. This is usually followed by a Justice Committee session with the permanent secretary to discuss them. Due to the pandemic, the 2019-20 accounts were published in


Tuesday 23 March 2021

At 2.30pm:

  • Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice 
  • James McEwen, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Justice 
  • Kevin Sadler, Chief Executive, HM Courts & Tribunals Service 
  • Jo Farrar, Chief Executive Officer, HM Prison & Probation Service 

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