Cabinet Office: EU Law:Written question - 36288

Q
Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 03 May 2016
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies have spent on infraction proceedings in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Matthew Hancock
Answered on: 11 May 2016

The Cabinet Office, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies have incurred nil expenditure on infraction proceedings before the European Court of Justice.

Figures held centrally by the Cabinet Office are set out below, which show costs incurred by other government departments in engaging counsel as a result of infraction proceedings issued against the UK before the Court.

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017 (year to date)

BIS

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

CO

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

DCLG

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

DCMS

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

DECC

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

DEFRA

Nil

£1,740.00

Nil

Nil

Nil

£8,791.61

£966.66

DfE

£780.00

3,630.00

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

DfT

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

DFID

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

DH

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

NIl

NIl

DWP

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

FCO

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

HMT (HMRC)

£687.50

£3,797.50

£16,610.67

£24,004.95

£6,749.99

£9,834.99

Nil

HO

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

MoD

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

MoJ

Nil

Nil

£2,520.00

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

NIO

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

SO

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

WO

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

*The above represents all data held. We do not hold financial records on these matters before FY 2010/2011.

The UK has never been fined by the European Court of Justice as a result of infraction proceedings.

Costs for departments include costs incurred by non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which they are the lead department. While some departments will have incurred ad hoc costs in the pre-litigation stage of infraction proceedings, and costs associated with the attendance of government officials at infraction hearings, the cost of identifying that data would be disproportionate.

Departments do not quantify the cost of time spent by government officials throughout the infractions process.

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