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Human Rights: Costs

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of changes in Government policy or practice necessitated by judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights since 1998. (277111)

The implementation of a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights is the responsibility of the Department in charge of the policy area concerned, and measures implementing a judgment are often included in wider changes to policy or legislation. The specific cost, if any, of implementing individual judgments therefore cannot be separated out, which prevents such an estimate being made.