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Departments: Legal Costs

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by his Department on legal fees in each of the last five years. (139400)

DFID obtains its legal advice from three main sources—the Treasury Solicitor's Department, FCO Legal Advisers and Crown Agents Legal Advisers, which we and the Cabinet Office regard as in-house legal advisers—and very rarely uses external legal advisers in the UK. The costs set out in the table relate to legal advice provided on a UK property issue and represent our best data without incurring disproportionate cost.

Cost of legal advice (£)

2005-06

7,678

2006-07

13,458

Our overseas offices may obtain advice from local legal advisers on a range of foreign domestic issues, from foreign accommodation leases to local employment law. Information on these costs could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.