British Indian Ocean Territory

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on legal advice in respect of the Chagos Islands in the last year.

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

This year, up to 29 June 2012, £77,438.37 (inclusive of VAT) was spent in respect of the Chagos Islands. This covers fees to Treasury Solicitors and Counsel. It does not cover associated costs such as external copying costs, couriers etc.

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