ClientEarth

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne North

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2017 to Question 1033 on Nitrous Oxide: EU Law, how much the Government has spent on legal fees to defend litigation brought by ClientEarth in respect of air quality compliance.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra released details of our legal costs since 2015 on 20 October in response to a Freedom of Information request, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/653544/RFI_9313__AQ_legalcosts_20102017.pdf.

Costs prior to 2015 were around £74,000.

A further challenge is ongoing and so further costs are likely to be incurred.

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