Legal Costs

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered at on 16 December 2014.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) legal and (b) other costs have been incurred by the Government in association with (i) investor-state dispute case brought by Eurotunnel against the UK and French governments in 2003, (ii) in the investor-state dispute brought by Mr Ashok Sancheti against the Government under the UK-India Bilateral Investment Treaty and (iii) any other such cases since 1994; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

Legal and other costs relating to work done within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on specific cases are not recorded separately.

We do not hold detailed records dating back so far so complete records of costs for external legal spending, for example for instructing Counsel, are no longer held for these cases. However, the Department scrutinises external spending carefully, in order to ensure that costs are kept as low as possible.

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