FOI: Infected Blood Inquiry Budget & Costs
On 17th September 2018 we asked the Cabinet Office four separate questions relating to cost and budget for the Infected Blood Inquiry and on 16th October 2018 we received a response answering those questions which you can find below.
a) What estimate(s) has/have been made by the Cabinet Office on the total cost of the Infected Blood Inquiry.
The Cabinet Office has made no estimate of the total cost of the Inquiry.
b) If the Cabinet Office has given the Infected Blood Inquiry a maximum budget? b2) If so, what is that maximum budget? There is no maximum budget for the Infected Blood Inquiry.
The Inquiry is funded through the Cabinet Office but is responsible directly to the public for the money it spends. The Inquiry will publish details of its expenditure in due course.
c) If the Cabinet Office has advised the Infected Blood Inquiry of any restrictions or maximum costs in relation to cost(s) of legal representation for victims/families. c2) If so, what are those restrictions / maximum costs?
The Notice of Determination by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster sets out the qualifications and conditions under which the Chair can make awards in respect of legal representation, including the maximum hourly rates for leading Counsel, junior Counsel and solicitors. This information is exempt under section 21 FOIA (information accessible to the applicant by other means), as it is published on the Inquiry’s website: (https://www.infectedbloodinquiry.org.uk/sites/default/files/Noticeof-Determination-Infected-Blood-Inquiry-1.pdf)
d) What allocation(s) of funds and/or budget the Cabinet Office has received from The Treasury in relation to the Infected Blood Inquiry.
The Cabinet Office has not agreed a fixed budget for the Infected Blood Inquiry with the Treasury.