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Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

Volume 684: debated on Wednesday 12 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 3 July (HL6470), what was the total cost to central funds of all actions brought by the Vehicle Operations Services Agency where the agency has not succeeded in those actions.[HL6755]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will charge to the budget of the Vehicle Operations Services Agency the cost of all unsuccessful actions which the agency pursues in the courts.[HL6756]

We do not charge to any prosecuting authority the sums awarded in costs from central funds to an acquitted defendant. However, the criminal court in which the proceedings have been brought does have the power to award costs against the parties in respect of unnecessary or improper acts or omissions.