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Question for Home Office

UIN HL4825, 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 Home 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

As you will be aware, the Balance of Competences Review concluded in December. It was the most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s relationship with the EU ever undertaken. The Review involved a large number of Departments across Whitehall to produce the 32 reports. The Review was based on the evidence and views received through widespread consultation with interested parties from across society. Across the whole review, Departments received close to 2,300 evidence submissions. Departments held over 250 events, attended by around 2,100 stakeholders.

It was important that what is an unprecedented examination of EU membership was done with appropriate time and care. But the Government is also very conscious of the need to ensure value for money in everything that it does.

The Home Office participated in three reports as part of the Balance of Competences review: Asylum and non-EU Migration; Free movement of persons (jointly with DWP); and Police and Criminal Justice (jointly with the Ministry of Justice). Work on the Reviews was allocated, according to need, to existing staff within the Department. Providing a full breakdown of staff time and costs would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold.

The total cost to the Home Office for printing and publication of the Asylum and non-EU Migration, Free Movement of Persons, and Police and Criminal Justice reports was £8088.08.

The Home Office hosted or jointly hosted a total of a number of engagement events for the three reports, including events in Edinburgh and Brussels. We estimate that the total cost incurred by the Home Office for all of these events was £2200. Across the whole of the Balance of Competences Review witness expenses amounted to approximately £2,255.00.

The Home Office did not incur any other associated costs as part of the Balance of Competence Review.

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