Ministers' pounds 1m legal bill

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The taxpayer faces a bill for up to pounds 1m for private legal advice for ministers caught up in the Scott arms-to-Iraq inquiry.

The Minister of Agriculture, William Waldegrave, has already gone outside the government legal service for help, and four other ministers are thought to be similarly countenancing such advice. Two ex-ministers could also avail themselves of the privilege, as well as some civil servants. One legal source said the bill could rise to pounds 1m.

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