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European Union

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL4831, 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 Department of Health, 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

20 February 2015

The Balance of Competences Review concluded in December. It was the most comprehensive analysis of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union 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.

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 Department paid £3,473.00, excluding VAT, for printing and publication of the Health report. During the course of the Health Review, five events were held at a total cost of £183.48.

Across the whole of the Balance of Competences Review witness expenses amounted to approximately £2,255.00. No costs were incurred in publicising the report. There were no other associated costs for the Department of Health.