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Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry: Expenditure

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, columns 902-04W, on the Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry, under what budget headings the expenditure was incurred in each year. (306638)

The following table breaks down the yearly expenditure of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry on the basis of cash spend incurred by the Northern Ireland Office. The costs are divided into six broad categories:

legal costs, which include payments to counsel, inquiry solicitors, and all legal costs for witnesses and family representatives;

tribunal salaries and expenses, including judges' salaries and travel and accommodation costs, as well as allowances for the judges;

accommodation, which includes rent and rates for all inquiry offices and venues including costs to facilitate hearings in London;

IT, which includes cost of IT equipment and computers, consultants, and management of inquiry IT systems;

staffing, which includes salaries of all staff (both temporary and permanent), and travel and accommodation costs for staff;

administration costs, which include the running costs of the inquiry offices, cost of arrangements for publishing the report, payments to experts, and other general administration costs.

Type of cost

Expenditure (£) (NIO funding)

2009-10 (to end of September 2009)

Legal costs

388,106

Tribunal salaries and expenses

138,067

Accommodation

137,570

IT

188,832

Staffing

237,255

Administration costs

148,029

Total for 2009-10

1,237,859

2008-09

Legal costs

1,177,297

Tribunal salaries and expenses

657,125

Accommodation

1,259,280

IT

878,219

Staffing

533,869

Administration costs

361,248

Total for 2008-09

4,867,038

2007-08

Legal costs

1,714,001

Tribunal salaries and expenses

700,106

Accommodation

989,113

IT

819,702

Staffing

520,735

Administration costs

310,337

Total for 2067-08

5,053,994

2006-07

Legal costs

6,013,519

Tribunal salaries and expenses

709,638

Accommodation

998,562

IT

845,834

Staffing

478,390

Administration costs

472,921

Total for 2006-07

9,518,864

2005-06

Legal costs

3,108,239

Tribunal salaries and expenses

719,661

Accommodation

1,364,792

IT

910,273

Staffing

714,833

Administration costs

344,168

Total for 2005-06

7,161,966

2004-05

Legal costs

7,722,725

Tribunal salaries and expenses

744,526

Accommodation

1,673,794

IT

2,561,218

Staffing

1,008,623

Administration costs

662,504

Total for 2004-05

14,373,390

In addition to costs incurred by the Northern Ireland Office, the Ministry of Defence has also incurred £3.4 million since January 2005 primarily in relation to legal representation.

The total cost of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry to the end of September 2009 is £188.7 million, comprising £153.2 million incurred by the Northern Ireland Office and £35.6 million incurred by the Ministry of Defence.