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Department for Work and Pensions: Human Rights Act 1998

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th March 2016.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil law suits have been brought against his Department based either wholly or partially on grounds provided by the Human Rights Act 1998; how many such suits were settled out of court before a court judgment was delivered; and how much such settlements have cost the public purse since 2010.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The Department’s records relating to the data requested are not comprehensive. Obtaining data that does exist would take the costs of responding to the question over the disproportionate cost threshold.

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