HL Deb 08 March 2005 vol 670 cc73-4WA
Lord Morris of Manchester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 21 February (HL1083), what is the cost of informing Parliament of the legal and other costs

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal)

The available information is contained in the table and gives the number of persons proceeded against and found guilty at all courts in the London area, 1996 to 2003 for offences related to drink driving.

Statistics on court proceedings for 2004 will be published in the autumn.

Number of persons proceeded against and Found guilty at all courts for offences relating to drink driving1, London 1996 to 2003.2

they have incurred, year by year, in contesting war pension claims from veterans of the 1990– 91 Gulf conflict, inclusive of costs of staff time; whether the decision to deem it "disproportionate" was taken by the Ministry of Defence alone or in consultation with the Gulf War veterans' organisations; and what elements of their total spending on contesting such claims could be provided to Parliament at proportionate cost. [HL1378]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach)

The cost of providing the information requested has been estimated at over £25,000. In reaching this decision it was unnecessary to consult with Gulf War veterans' organisations.