A breakdown of the figures, which relate to Cardiff's crown and magistrates courts, the law courts in Merthyr Tydfil and magistrates in Bridgend, Caerphilly and Pontypridd, illustrates which items staff confiscated most often.
Cases which get sent from the magistrates court to the crown court for sentencing can obviously be processed a lot quicker and a lot more effectively." In 2007, court chiefs declared a new pounds 40m magistrates court would be created over the next five years.
But Sir Alan, chairman of the influential Commons justice committee, challenged those claims in the Commons, where he asked: "What steps are ministers taking to ensure that savings do not simply become higher costs for other departments or other parts of their own department, whether in the context of magistrates court closures, which adds to police costs, or changes in the legal aid system that generate demand for expenditure elsewhere?
Representatives of Bolton and Salford councils, Greater Manchester Magistrates Courts Committee and the Lord Chancellor's Department are expected to seek tenders from contractors towards the end of this year.