Identity and Passport Service: Legal Costs

Home Department written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1388W, on departmental legal costs, what the reasons are for the costs incurred by the Identity and Passport Service in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The principal expenditure incurred in regard to external legal costs by the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) for financial year 2007-08 were attributable to advice and support provided in respect of the development, tendering and award of the IPS's Strategic Supplier Framework agreement.

For financial year 2008-09 the principal expenditure incurred in regard to external legal costs were associated with the advice and support provided in respect of the award of contracts for the delivery of the National Identity Service and next generation passport design and production.

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