Human Rights

Defence written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on legal advice, representation and support in third party claims brought against the Department under the Human Rights Act 1998 since that Act entered into force.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

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.

Substantive answer from Anna Soubry to Matthew Offord:

I undertook to write to you in response to your Parliamentary Question on 27 November 2013 (Official Report, column 310W) about “how much the Ministry of Defence has spent on legal advice, representation and support in third party claims brought against the Department under the Human Rights Act 1998 since that Act entered into force”.

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.

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