§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by the Government since 1979 in fighting cases before the European Court of Human Rights up to and including the hearing of 28 March; how much has been paid for the instruction of lawyers; what are the estimated costs in employees' time, travelling and accommodation costs of officials involved in these cases; how much has been paid out in costs or expenses and compensation by the 361W Government following rulings by the court; and if he will list the sums involved in each case which has reached a ruling stage.
§ Mrs. Chalker
This information is not immediately available. I will reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.