Legal advice on EU environmental cases costs DEFRA thousands

The environment department has already stumped up nearly £10,000 to defend itself against ongoing EU environmental cases

MPs says the department urgently needs to develop policies to comply with EU law. Photograph: Steph Gray CC BY-SA 2.0DEFRA has paid thousands of pounds in legal costs to defend itself against ongoing EU environmental cases.

According to a parliamentary question answered by Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock on 11 May, the department stumped up £8,792 for legal counsel in 2015/16 and has already paid £967 so far this year.

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