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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department paid in (a) damages, (b) claimant costs and (c) defendant costs in respect of all civil claims brought against his Department in which the claimant was successful or the Department settled in each of the last three years.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recognises the successful management of health and safety to be an essential part of corporate risk management, a key management objective and an integral part of its business performance, and takes all necessary steps to ensure that all legal, moral and economic obligations so far as is reasonably practicable are met.
Our figures show that the FCO paid the following amounts for (a) damages:
2008-09: not available and (b) claimant costs:
2008-09: not available.
We do not keep records of (c) defendant costs in respect of all civil claims brought against the Department in which the claimant was successful or the Department settled.
The figures above are for claims on civil damages and do not include employment tribunals.
Records for 2008-09 are not kept in a format which enables easy retrieval of the data. To retrieve the full data for 2008-09 would incur disproportionate cost.