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Departments: Legal Costs

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by his Department on legal fees in each of the last five years. (139398)

The expenditure on legal fees for the Home Office and Borders and Immigration Agency, Identity and Passport Service and the Criminal Records Bureau, for the requested period, is in the following table.

£000

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Home Office/BIA

10,067

11,505

17,362

28,075

23,614

IPS

98

292

363

766

1,214

CRB

0

0

8

35

29

The aforementioned table covers external legal fees only. Home Office numbers include the National Offenders Management Scheme and the Office of Criminal Justice Reform which have now transferred from the Home Office to the Ministry of Justice.