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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General how many days have been lost owing to industrial action by staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each of the last four years. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 11 February 2002]: The legal costs incurred by my own Department, the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, are included in the Crown Prosecution Service and Treasury Solicitor's Department figures.
£98.1 million in 199899
£99.4 million in 19992000
£107.8 million in 200001.
£0.9 million in 199899
£0.3 million in 19992000
£0.3 million in 200001.
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£20,179,000 in 199899
£22,408,000 in 19992000
£26,743,000 in 200001
£22,340,000 in 200102 (to 31 December 2001).
£25,945,000 in 199899
£25,795,000 in 19992000
£31,564,000 in 200001
£22,470,000 in 200102 (to 31 December 2001).
£3,874,000 in 199899
£4,244,000 in 19992000
£6,113,000 in 200001
£2,139,000 in 200102 (to 31 December 2001). Serious Fraud Office
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£2,789,951 in 199899
£2,460,647 in 19992000
£3,315,211 in 200001
£3,568,958 in 200102 (to date). Advice from external firms
£0 in 199798
£3,373 in 199899
£13,185 in 19992000
£43,699 in 200001
£19,990 in 200102 (to date). Civil Litigation Work by Treasury Solicitor's Department
£86,229 in 199798
£46,447 in 199899
£36,036 in 19992000
£1,650 in 200001
£2,686 in 200102 (to date).
Mr. Weir: To ask the Solicitor-General, pursuant to her answers of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 895W, and 27 November 2001, Official Report, column 745W, on fair trade goods, if she will review during Fair Trade Fortnight the amount of fairly traded goods used in her Department. 
The Solicitor-General: In my own Department, the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, there are no plans to review the amount of fairly traded goods used in the Department but it is always ready to use fair trade products when these represent good value.
A review undertaken by the Crown Prosecution Service and its catering provider regarding the use of fair trade products, led to a proposal to promote fair trade confectionery in the staff restaurant facility.
In response to earlier parliamentary questions from the hon. Member, the Crown Prosecution Service reviewed its suppliers' use of fair trade products. This review found that, although the supplier was willing to switch to fair trade products as ingredients in foods, this would mean that the overall cost of meals provided would no longer be competitive with other providers in the area. Therefore it was decided that Fair Trade confectionery items would be sold (on a promotional basis), within the canteen facility.
The Crown Prosecution Service's involvement with fair trade is in relation only to its catering supplier, which manages the canteen in Crown Prosecution Service headquarters at Ludgate Hill. There are no other canteen facilities elsewhere in the Crown Prosecution Service. Therefore, the overall value of the contract is very small.
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Treasury Solicitor's Department
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they are allocated; and what has been the cost to public funds in each of the last four years. 
Facility time allocation in the Crown Prosecution Service is in the form of a block allowance to the two recognised trade unions and it is for the unions to allocate the allowance to their accredited representatives. In each of the last four years, the unions have received a block allowance of 2,674 days. The number of staff receiving paid leave to undertake union duties and the cost to public funds in each of the last four years are as follows:
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Seven members of staff in the Treasury Solicitor's Department receive paid leave to undertake union duties. The total allocation is 40 days per year. The cost to the public funds in each of the last four years was as follows:
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