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Police: Essex

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much was spent by Essex police force defending actions brought against them by victims of crime in each year since 2001; (244942)

(2) how much was spent by Essex 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 Essex police force 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 Essex Police 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 requested is not held centrally. Decisions on the distribution of resources are a matter for the chief constable of Essex and Essex police authority.