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Departmental Legal Costs

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

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.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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:

2010-11: £424,032

2009-10: £212,900

2008-09: not available and (b) claimant costs:

2010-11: £523,620

2009-10: £258,110

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.

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