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Legal Advice

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years. (109095)

Although the Department records expenditure incurred on professional services it does not specifically identify the total amount spent on external legal advice. However, external legal advice is purchased by the Department’s own lawyers can be identified and the cost of this is as follows:

£ million

2001-02

3.753

2002-03

4.023

2003-04

3.940

2004-05

4.595

2005-06

5.084