Legal Costs

Public Accounts Commission written question – answered at on 11 June 2013.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission

(1) how much the Public Accounts Commission has spent on external legal advice (a) between 7 May 2010 and 4 September 2012 and (b) since 4 September 2012;

(2) how much the Public Accounts Commission has spent on external legal advice from Queen's Counsels (a) between 7 May 2010 and 4 September 2012 and (b) since 4 September 2012;

(3) what the highest day rate paid for external legal advice by the Public Accounts Commission since 7 May 2010 has been;

(4) what the 20 highest amounts paid for external legal advice by the Public Accounts Commission in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 were; to whom such payments were made; and for what reasons the legal advice was sought.

Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Chair, Public Accounts Commission, Chair, Public Accounts Commission

The Public Accounts Commission has a limited number of statutory functions. Principally these are to agree the National Audits Office's strategy and budget, to appoint Non-Executive Members (other than the Chair) to the NAO's Board, and to appoint the NAO's external auditor. The Commission has not obtained any external legal advice since 2010.

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