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Legal Costs

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent on legal advice and services in each year from 1997 to date; and how much in each such year was paid to Carter-Ruck and Partners. (195856)

The cost of legal advice and services has been as follows:

£

Legal advice

Other legal costs

Total costs

Carter- Ruck and Partners

2003-04

108,921

108,921

2004-05

96,737

96,154

192,891

2005-06

196,283

79,159

275,442

2006-07

134,515

596,586

731,101

2007-08 to date

243,337

309,266

552,603

21,517

The other legal costs include fees paid in connection with the refurbishment of Norman Shaw South, and the construction of Portcullis House and the Visitor Reception Building. Details of similar costs prior to 2003 are not available.

Two previous answers on legal costs—4 June 2007, Official Report, column 23W, and 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 659W—included some costs that had been incorrectly allocated to particular years. The figures now provided, correct the earlier position.