HC Deb 15 March 2002 vol 381 c1294W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases(a) his Department and (b) its agencies have defended in (i) industrial tribunals and (ii) the courts in each year since 1997; how many were concluded in their favour; and what the total cost to his Department of litigation was in each year. [41113]

Mr. Bradshaw

Cases defended by the FCO in Industrial Employment Tribunals:

1998: four cases defended, three decided in FCO's favour;

1999: three cases defended; all decided in FCO's favour;

2000: two cases defended; one case fully, one case partially in FCO's favour; total cost £16,811;

2001: five cases defended; two in FCO's favour*; total cost £100,461;

2002: one case defended; one in FCO's favour; total cost £1,373.

* Two cases from 2001 are still awaiting a decision. The information available on cases brought in courts other than Industrial/Employment Tribunals, on all cases prior to 1998, and cost information prior to 2000, can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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