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Departmental Legal Costs

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent in (a) legal fees and (b) compensation on legal cases concerning remuneration of its employees in each of the last 10 years. (322060)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) only retains employment litigation records from 2003 onwards. Records show that legal fees on cases concerning remuneration of FCO employees in each year from 2003 to date, were as follows:

£

2003

0

2004

14,983.85

2005

0

2006

17,587.04

2007

3,066.32

2008

14,767.06

2009

0

There are fewer than five legal cases concerning remuneration of FCO employees in each year from 2003 to date, and any compensation paid is subject to a legally binding compromise agreement containing a confidentiality clause. Therefore, in line with Cabinet Office guidance details are not provided to avoid revealing the identity of individuals and on grounds of confidentiality.