"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Money well spent: Part I- Home Office spent over £21 MILLION in legal fees in 2010-2011

How much money did the Home Office spend on legal costs in the year 2010 - 2011?


'I apologise for the delay in replying.

'Your request has been handled as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

'I can confirm that the Home Office paid £17,598,617 (excluding VAT) in relation to legal fees to Treasury Solicitors for the financial year 2010 - 2011. However, it is not possible to provide any further information at a cost below the £600 limit. This is because the information requested is not held centrally. During 2010 - 11 the Home Office and its bodies used different accounting systems. It would therefore be necessary to conduct a manual search of our databases and file records to find the information requested.

£17,598,617 plus VAT = £21,118,340.40. 

Money well spent?

Many millions spent on legal fees, but a £600 search is too much. Strange world we live in.

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