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Departmental Compensation

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the 10 highest payments made by his Department in settlement of property compensation cases brought against it in respect of which legal proceedings have been concluded were in the last 12 months for which figures are available; which of the cases were (a) contested and (b) uncontested by his Department; and what the nature of each incident was. (248873)

The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform settled five property compensation cases in the last 12 months, none of which were contested.

1. £110.78 cost of replacing a suitcase badly damaged during transit between official overseas visits.

2. £60.00 insurance excess paid as a result of damage to car being used on official business.

3. £50.00 cost of replacing clothing damage.

4. £43.27 cost of goods required for official stopover in excess of 24 hours when luggage had already been checked on to a flight to Houston.

5. £29.00 cost of replacing a rucksack badly damaged by excess weight and size of official papers on return from overseas posting.