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Honours: Criminal Investigation

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) which external law firms or barristers were paid from the public purse for legal advice to employees in connection with the police inquiry into honours; (164214)

(2) what the timetable is for the Government to publish the cost of the legal advice for employees in connection with the police inquiry into honours.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total legal costs incurred by the Government were in respect of advice to (a) Ministers and (b) officials with regard to the inquiry into cash for honours. (171123)

Following his evidence session before the Committee on 13 November, the Cabinet Secretary and head of the home civil service submitted a memorandum to the Public Administration Select Committee on the provision and cost of legal advice provided to civil servants in connection with the Metropolitan police inquiry into allegations of cash for peerages. The Select Committee has now published the memorandum and I have placed a copy in the Library of the House.