Valerie called for Topical Justice questions

I was drawn in the Topical questions list at Number 1 on Tuesday 8 December 2015 for Justice questions.

Valerie Vaz (Walsall South) (Lab): If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.


The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Michael Gove): With your permission, Mr Speaker, let me say that I hope the whole House agrees that we are all in the debt of the dedicated prison officers and prison staff who will be working on Christmas day and over the Christmas season. In that spirit, let me also congratulate the newly elected leader of the Prison Officers Association, Mr Mike Rolfe. My Department looks forward to working with him to improve the situation of all prison officers. They do an invaluable job, and we should support them in every way we can.


Valerie Vaz: I associate myself with the Justice Secretary’s remarks. Secure colleges, criminal court charges, court fine enforcement and Saudi Arabian contracts— £14.7 million has been wasted so far. Will the Justice Secretary reveal to the House the full costs of those policy changes, and will he tell us which Minister is responsible for that waste of public money?


Michael Gove: The hon. Lady started very well, in a bipartisan way. The point about each of the policies that she mentioned is that we made those decisions in both the national interest and the taxpayer’s interest.