I will write to the hon. Member with figures on associated spending for the most recent years. Figures are not held centrally in relation to expenditure since 1998.
I undertook to write to you in response to your Parliamentary Question on
Having examined our records, we estimate that £3.7 million has been spent by the Department on legal advice, representation and support in defence of claims brought against it under the Human Rights Act since the Act entered into force. This figure does not include costs or compensation paid or awarded against the Department in such cases, or internal staff costs. It is very common for claims made under the Human Rights Acts to be linked with claims made under other causes of action, for example misfeasance in public office, personal injury or unlawful detention. In such cases we have assumed that all such costs are attributable to the Human Rights Act claim.