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Departmental Public Relations

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of his Department’s contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years. [251251]

Mr. Woodward: The following table provides details of the Northern Ireland Office’s expenditure on contracts with public relations companies (excluding agencies and Executive NDPBs) in each of the last five years:

Financial year Value of contracts (£)

2003-04

160,397

2004-05

153,723

2005-06

91,858

2006-07

146,906

2007-08

121,504


These companies have been used to provide goods and services in relation to newspaper and television advertising, such as crime prevention campaigns, and the production of leaflets and DVDs which were issued to the public.

Departmental Training

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course. [252239]

Mr. Woodward: Staff within the Northern Ireland Office have not undertaken any digital media courses provided by the Intranet Advertising Bureau in 2008.

Saville Inquiry

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 886W, on the Saville Inquiry, (1) which firms have worked for the inquiry; for how many hours they have worked; and whom they have represented; [243241]

(2) how much each legal firm has received. [243242]

Mr. Woodward: I am advised that the expenditure on legal representatives (both Counsel and solicitors' firms) by the Bloody Sunday Inquiry up to the end of December 2008 is:


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Payments made (£)

Counsel for the inquiry

Christopher Clarke

4,488,266

Jacob Grierson

394,879

Alan Roxburgh

2,978,989

Cathryn McGahey

2,268,093

Bilal Rawat

2,203,633

Solicitors employed for the taking of witness statements

Eversheds

13,253,720

Senior counsel representing the families

Lord Gifford

803,040

Arthur Harvey

1,326,426

Michael Lavery

678,191

Barry J. McDonald

1,203,275

P. T. McDonald

120,144

Michael Mansfield

743,421

Eilish McDermott

1,405,133

Seamus Treacy

1,008,703

Eoin McGonigal

134,556

Kevin Finegan

551,815

Senior counsel representing NICRA

Sir Louis Blom Cooper

587,746

Junior counsel representing the families

John Coyle

812,614

Fiona Doherty

641,326

Ciaran Harvey

673,951

Richard Harvey

679,869

Brian Kennedy

661,153

Philip Magee

83,175

Kieran Mallon

823,196

Brian McCartney

874,398

Karen Quinlivan

571,548

Patricia Smyth

360,927

Michael Topolski

159,915

Mary McHugh

424,524

Junior counsel representing NICRA

Paddy O'Hanlon

442,732

Solicitors representing the families

Barr and Co.

696,319

Brendan Kearney and Co.

953,451

Desmond Doherty and Co.

1,449,837

MacDermott and McGurk

1,503,840

Madden and Finucane

12,968,409

McCann and McCann

707,652

McCartney and Casey

1,483,283

Solicitor representing NICRA

Francis Keenan

594,328

Legal representatives for other witnesses

Various solicitors and counsel

3,173,210


I am advised that payments made by the Ministry of Defence for legal representation up to the end of December 2008 are:


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Payments made (£)

Senior counsel representing HM armed forces

Edwin Glasgow QC

4,065,817

Edmund Lawson QC

942,943

David Lloyd Jones QC

1,095,966

Gerard Elias QC

1,795,752

Peter Clarke QC

958,853

Sir Allan Green QC

1,522,441

Rosamund Horwood-Smart QC

677,874

Sir Sydney Kentridge QC

52,875

Anna Worrall QC

100,457

Senior counsel representing MOD

Ian Burnett QC

231,386

Philip Havers QC

7,138

Junior counsel representing HM armed forces

Alexander Milne

409,121

Bridget Petherbridge

126,197

Huw Davies

361,638

Ian Leist

965,146

Michael Hick

253,895

Gaby Bonham-Carter

277,393

Pamela Morrison

131,378

Kristian Mills

56,929

Nicholas Moss

991,892

Sam Grodzinski

1,877

Stephen Requena

88,161

Alan May

299,009

Andrew Hurst

590,803

David Bradly

1,291,966

Michael Bools

990,071

Nicholas Griffin

1,195,062

Thomas Quinton

426,072

Junior counsel representing the MOD

William Hoskins

49,892

Sacha Ackland

2,776

Jonathan Hough

4,488

Solicitors representing HM armed forces

Devonshires

2,727,581

Kingsley Napley

1,943,586

Payne Hicks Beach

3,789,748

Jacqueline Duff

175,163

Treasury Solicitor

3,915,980


Given the volume of legal representation involved throughout the lifespan of the inquiry, information on hours worked is not readily available, particularly where final settlements were negotiated. A comprehensive and accurate breakdown of the number of hours worked by each legal representative would require a manual trawl of thousands of claims, and could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 886W, on the Saville Inquiry, what the reasons are for increases in expenditure on legal fees. [243243]

Mr. Woodward: The figure for expenditure on legal fees provided in my answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 886W, included payments to lawyers working for the inquiry and to lawyers representing interested parties and witnesses before the inquiry (including those funded by the Ministry of Defence).

I would expect some further increase in this figure as the final few settlements are reached in respect of fees for work already carried out. The vast majority of such fees have already been settled, but there remain a small number to be resolved. There will also be a continuing need for some legal work, particularly by lawyers working for the inquiry on preparation of its report.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reasons Lord Saville has given for his discussions to set the date for delivery to him of the report of the Saville Inquiry in autumn 2009. [243377]

Mr. Woodward: In Lord Saville’s letter to me of 4 November 2008, notifying me of the delay in submission of his report, he gave me the following explanation:


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