§ Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give an estimate of the cost to date to public funds of preparing and representing in the courts Her Majesty's Government's case in relation to the Maastricht treaty.
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
The court hearing on the application for judicial review began on 26 July. It is not possible at this stage to give an accurate estimate of the costs of preparing the Government's case.