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Departmental Legal Costs

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what expenditure his Department and its agencies have incurred on external legal advice and representation in each year since his Department was established; and for what purposes such services have been commissioned. (300581)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was created by Machinery of Government changes in June. From 1 June to 23 November, BIS spent £2.6 million on external legal advice and representation. The information about the purposes for which the legal services have been commissioned is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Chief executives of BIS agencies and NDPBs will respond directly to the hon. Member.

I have approached the chief executives of the Department's agencies and they will response to you directly.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 9 December 2009:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 18 November 2009, UIN 300581, to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Since the Department of Business Innovation and Skills was established in June 2009, Companies House has paid £3,302 on external legal advice and representation on employment issues.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 3 December 2009:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 18 November 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Since the formation of the Department in June 2009, the National Measurement Office has incurred £7,000 on external legal advice up to and including 1 December 2009: £6,000 on providing legal advice on land registration and construction disputes and £1,000 on providing legal advice on policy issues relating to hallmarking legislation on behalf of the Department's ministers.

Letter from Sean Dennehey, dated 24 November 2009:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 18 November 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Intellectual Property Office, an Executive Agency, of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, spent £23,000 on external legal advice. This covered employment advice and developing proforma IP agreements.

We have also incurred £38,000 in costs for external legal advice, engaged and paid via Treasury Solicitors, on IP cases going through the legal system.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 9 December 2009:

The Minister of State, for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has asked me to reply to you directly in respect of your question what expenditure his Department and its agencies have incurred on external legal advice and representation in each year since his Department was established; and for what purposes such professional services have been commissioned.

The Insolvency Service Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has incurred the following expenses between June 2009 and October 2009:

£49,000 on external legal advice concerning contractual matters and

£3,054,000 on external legal services for investigation and enforcement purposes.