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Baha Mousa Inquiry

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value is of awards of legal aid made in respect of the Baha Mousa inquiry; and whether an estimate has been made of the total value of such awards made during the course of that inquiry. (317370)

No awards of legal aid have been made to witnesses to the Baha Mousa Inquiry. However, all witnesses to the Inquiry are provided with free independent legal advice funded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The MOD has so far paid £3.7 million in legal costs for witnesses to the Inquiry. Future costs are uncertain and will depend on the number of witnesses the Inquiry decides to call before it concludes.