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Departmental Liability

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on what dates in each of the last five years his Department informed the House of the creation of contingent liabilities relating to his Department or its non-departmental public bodies. (232733)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created by Machinery of Government Changes at the end of June 2007. Since that date, DIUS has not had any new contingent liabilities. The Department’s Resource Accounts were laid before the House on 21 July 2008 disclosing the latest position on contingent liabilities for the DIUS Department. Prior to this date, contingent liabilities were notified to Parliament by returns submitted by our predecessor Departments—the Department for Education and Skills (now the Department for Children, Schools and Families) and the Department of Trade and Industry (now the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), who would hold details of the dates these were laid.

Details of contingent liabilities relating to the Department’s non-departmental public bodies will be similarly published in their annual resource accounts.