Public Expenditure

Justice written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of (a) the Independent Commission on the Voting System, (b) the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords, (c) the production of the White Paper on The House of Lords-Completing the Reform and (d) the production of the White Paper on An Elected Second Chamber.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Stationery Office has provided the following costings:

The publication costs of (a) the Report of Independent Commission on the Voting System was £3,001.00 for Cm 4090-1 and £972.00 for Cm 4090-11;

(b) the Report of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords was £31,090.9;

(c) the White Paper 'The House of Lords-Completing the Reform' (Cm 7027) was £12,353.00; and

(d) of the White Paper 'An Elected Second Chamber' (Cm 7438) was £20,389.57.

Information on the other costs is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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