HC Deb 06 May 1994 vol 242 c675W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what have been the costs to his Department of providing(a) legal advice to witnesses appearing before the Scott inquiry, (b) drawing up evidence to be submitted to the Scott inquiry, (c) officials and legal advisers attending the Scott inquiry and (d) other related costs.

Mr. Goodlad

To date, the direct costs of the Scott inquiry falling to my Department have been £160,759.

It is not possible to break this figure down as set out in the question, which includes unquantifiable elements. For example, no record has been kept of the time spent by FCO officials, in London and overseas, in drawing up evidence to be submitted to the inquiry.

The direct costs can be broken down as follows:

Legal advice, including attendance by lawyers at Inquiry public hearings 33,400
Copies of the daily transcripts of proceedings 3,000
Costs incurred by FCO witnesses (travel and subsistence) 19,838
Pay (FCO officials working full-time on Scott Inquiry business) 96,649
Running costs, eg office machinery, stationery 7,872

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