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Contingent Liabilities

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which contingent liabilities for which his Department has responsibility have matured in each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement. [101767]

My Department carries out an exercise each year to identify the contingent and actual liabilities of the Home Department and reports the findings to Her Majesty's Treasury.Information relating to 1997–98 is not readily available.Between 1998–99 and 2001–02, payments were made against only one contingent liability. This arose from section 27 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. It related to the cost of re-funding charges for travel documents issued between January 1994 and February 1999. By the end of the year 2001–02, the liability had reduced to below the £100,000 reporting threshold.