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Rural Payments Agency: Legal Costs

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Rural Payments Agency spent on legal advice in the last five years. (320380)

The legal expenditure for 2004-09 financial years including costs incurred by all RPA departments as published in the annual audited accounts is shown in the following table. It is not possible to distinguish between legal advice and other legal expenditure.

Financial year

Total spent on legal fees (£)

2004-05

450,849

2005-06

437,927

2006-07

185,347

2007-08

289,014

2008-09

559,812

Total

1,922,949

The increase in fees for 2008-09 is due to historic long running cases which only culminated in that financial year.

The costs incurred on the disposal of grain stores are not included in table above because they are accounted for separately. These costs are shown in the following table:

Financial year

Total spent on legal fees (£)

2004-05

65,877.02

2005-06

72,665.80

2006-07

28,730.37

2007-08

18,730.31

2008-09

15,097.98

Total

201,101.48

The figures include costs of external advice, litigation services and costs.