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European Union

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL4826, 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 Ministry of Justice 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.

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 Ministry of Justice produced four reports as part of the Balance of Competences review: Fundamental Rights; Information Rights; Civil Judicial Cooperation (including family matters); and Police and Criminal Justice (jointly with the Home Office). Work on the Review 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 Ministry of Justice for printing and publication of the four reports was £10,210.39. The printing and publication costs for the Police and Criminal Justice report were split equally with the Home Office.

The Ministry of Justice hosted, or jointly hosted, 19 engagement events for the four reports, including events in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Brussels. We estimate that the total cost incurred by the Ministry of Justice for all of these events was £7,140.

Across the whole of the Balance of Competences Review witness expenses amounted to approximately £2,255.00.

The Ministry of Justice did not incur any costs in publicising the reports, or any other associated costs as part of the Balance of Competence Review.