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Departmental Legal Costs

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on legal fees in each of the last five years. (208494)

Subject to any necessary adjustments following the Comptroller and Auditor General’s audit of the Treasury’s resource account, net spending on external legal advice in 2007-08 was £1,331,000.

For spending in earlier years I refer the hon. Member to the answers given by the former Financial Secretary my hon. Friend for Wentworth (John Healey) on 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1496W, to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) and on 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1738W, to the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T.C. Davies).