Departmental Legal Opinion

Scotland written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the average hourly rate paid was to external (a) solicitors and (b) barristers engaged by his Department in 2010-11; what guidance his Department uses in commissioning external legal advice; and if he will publish (i) the names of each external (A) solicitor and (B) barrister engaged by his Department in 2010-11 and (ii) the sums paid in each case.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland

The Scotland Office did not engage any external solicitors or barristers during 2010-11.

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