Legal Proceedings

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Chair, Public Administration Committee

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether it is his policy to apply for costs in cases where organisations funded by his Department bring legal proceedings against it.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

There is no set policy to apply for costs in all cases. The Cabinet Office will generally apply for costs of litigation where it is entitled to do so. Each case is considered separately, on legal advice.

The Cabinet Office will bear in mind any legal action taken when providing funds to these organisations in the future.

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Michael Gould
Posted on 10 Feb 2012 2:16 pm (Report this annotation)

I am frankly amazed that these legal costs are allowed in any case even nore so when they are entered via legal advice ( Perhaps there is a cost for obtaining such advice also?)It is my opinion that there should be no cases arising which merit such action particularly where they arise from organisations funded by the department. It remains a mystery why in fact the controllers of the funded organisations need to bring such legal cases and it lends itself to the question of failures within. In my opinion Mr Jenkin was quite right to look askance at these matters which clearly merit invetigation as to the "Quantum and Merits" of such cases and of those allowing them?