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Police: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much was spent by each police force defending actions brought against them by victims of crime in each year since 2001; (177134)

(2) how much was spent by each police force defending itself against vexatious litigation in each year since 2001;

(3) which (a) barristers’ chambers and (b) solicitors’ firms have undertaken work for each police force in England and Wales in each of the last two financial years; and what the reason for the work and the fees paid were in each case;

(4) which 10 barristers instructed by each police force in England and Wales received the highest sums for this work in the last two financial years; how much each received; and if she will make a statement.

The information for all police forces in England and Wales is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Decisions on the distribution of resources are matters for the chief officer and the police authority.