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Ofsted

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 124W, on Ofsted, how much Ofsted spent on legal advice on the drafting of the answer. (143261)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM chief inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to my hon. Friend and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 19 June 2007:

Your recent Parliamentary Question has been passed to me as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for reply.

You asked, following our response of 4th June 2007, Official Report, column 124W, how much Ofsted spent on legal advice on the drafting of that answer.

This information is not available as Ofsted obtains legal advice from an in-house Treasury Solicitors team on the basis of an overall monthly charge. Time is not recorded on a topic specific basis.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.