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Departmental Disciplinary Procedures

November 4, 2004

Question written on 04/11/2004

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost in each of the last three financial years was of his Department’s internal disciplinary procedures; and how much was spent on (a) external lawyers and (b)

Answered by Douglas Alexander

We do not have precise figures readily available for the costs incurred as a result of Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) internal disciplinary procedures over the last three years. The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In the majority of cases legal advice is provided by FCO legal advisers. We would commission specialist external advice only if there were a need to consult on a detailed question of employment law.