Budget and Structure of the Ministry of Justice

18 July 2011

The Justice Committee has decided to undertake a high level inquiry looking at the overall structure and budget of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and its associated public bodies. The inquiry will focus on the potential contribution of further structural changes to future efficiency savings and improved performance

The inquiry will seek to answer the following questions:

  • What should the core objectives be of the MoJ?
  • Which functions provided by the MoJ are essential, and which could be best provided by others or not at all?
  • Does the MoJ have sufficient understanding of costs to enable it to model the impact of future changes?
  • What changes to the current structure of the MoJ could contribute to improved performance or efficiency savings?
  • Does the MoJ have the right processes and measures in place to manage robustly the organisations it sponsors?
  • Will the transition of the administration of legal aid from the Legal Services Commission to an executive agency within the MoJ lead to more effective and efficient performance?
  • Does the relationship between the MoJ and NOMs, and the relationship between prison and probation, contribute to effective and efficient working?
  • How effectively does the MoJ use IT, and does the MoJ have the right balance between centrally and locally commissioned IT?
  • Does the MoJ have procedures in place in order to realise its objective of having more services delivered by the voluntary and community and private sectors?
  • Does the MoJ have the necessary skills to ensure value for money contracts for the public purse and to effectively manage those contracts?

Written evidence should be in Word (no later than 2007) or rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible, and sent by e-mail to

The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.
The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2011.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should be no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. View guidance on the submission of evidence to Select Committees.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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