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Local Government: Suffolk

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse has been of legal costs associated with the High Court and Court of Appeal cases on the Boundary Committee's Structural Review of Suffolk. (306808)

All the legal costs of all the parties in this case will fall on the public purse. The Court of Appeal has made an order requiring the councils which initiated the case—Forest Heath district council, St. Edmundsbury borough council and Suffolk Coastal district council—to pay all of the Boundary Committee's costs in the administrative court and the Court of Appeal, in addition to their own costs. Whilst we do not hold information as to the amount of the costs of the authorities or of the Boundary Committee, we assess that the Secretary of State's legal costs, to be met by him as an interested party in the case, are some £34,300.