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Departmental Legal Proceedings

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value was of each settlement his Department made as a result of legal proceedings naming his Department as a defending party where no legal proceedings are ongoing in (a) each of the last five years and (b) 2008 to date; and what the title of each such case is. (240900)

The monetary value of each settlement made in 2008 as a result of legal proceedings naming the Department/Secretary of State as a defending party where no legal proceedings are ongoing, and the title of each such case, is as follows:

Brian John Lodey v. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, £63,000.

Terence Bodden v. Dodsworths (York) Ltd. and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, £120,000.

Antler Homes South East Ltd. v. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (and two interested parties), £6,000 (costs only).

R V W Pugh Ltd. v. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. By agreement between the parties, the terms of the settlement are confidential.

For each of the five years before 2008, the resources needed to obtain the information would be disproportionate and over the £750 threshold.