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Legal Opinion

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost was of external legal services provided to his Department in each of the last five years. (251353)

The costs of external legal services over the last five years are:

Total (£)

2003-04

271,453.54

2004-05

266,331.06

2005-06

579,960.00

2006-07

422,584.33

2007-08

368,550.96

These figures include amounts previously reported as internal legal costs, on Office of Government Commerce advice.

Our overseas offices may obtain advice from local legal advisers on a range of foreign domestic issues, from foreign accommodation leases to local employment law. Information on these costs could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.