Legal Costs

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent on legal advice and services in each year from 1997 to date; and how much in each such year was paid to Carter-Ruck and Partners.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

The cost of legal advice and services has been as follows:

Legal advice Other legal costs Total costs Carter- Ruck and Partners
2003-04 108,921 108,921
2004-05 96,737 96,154 192,891
2005-06 196,283 79,159 275,442
2006-07 134,515 596,586 731,101
2007-08 to date 243,337 309,266 552,603 21,517

The other legal costs include fees paid in connection with the refurbishment of Norman Shaw South, and the construction of Portcullis House and the Visitor Reception Building. Details of similar costs prior to 2003 are not available.

Two previous answers on legal costs—4 June 2007, Hansard, column 23W, and 23 July 2007, Hansard, column 659W—included some costs that had been incorrectly allocated to particular years. The figures now provided, correct the earlier position.

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