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European Union

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL4824, tabled on 9 February 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union to the Cabinet Office and its associated agencies, broken down by (1) staff time, (2) printing costs, (3) running of engagement events, (4) witness expenses, (5) publicity of the reports, and (6) any and all other associated costs.

Answered on

24 February 2015

The Balance of Competences Review concluded in December. There is no central record of the overall cost of the review as each individual Department was responsible for allocating its own resources.

This following information relates to the work of the European and Global Issues Secretariat (EGIS) in Cabinet Office, which, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), supported the delivery of the entire Review.

(1) A full breakdown of staff time and costs could only be obtained at disproportionate cost, but the staff cost of the Review was borne entirely within existing budgets.

(2) Cabinet Office contributed £14,076.87 towards printing and publication costs.

(3) There were no cost on running of engagement events

(4) Across the whole of the Balance of Competences Review witness expenses amounted to approximately £2,255.00, which were borne by the FCO.

(5) The Cabinet Office did not spend any money on publicity of the reports.

(6) The Cabinet Office had no other associated costs.

Costs incurred by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat and Constitution Group within the Cabinet Office will be covered in the FCO response to Question HL4823.

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