State owned, Paria, has spent over 8 million dollars in legal fees in the just concluded Commission of Enquiry into diving tragedy which claimed the lives of four divers in February 2022.
This is made public by Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley.
He was at the time answering a question on the order paper in the parliament Friday.
The Opposition also wanted to know the specific amount paid to two prominent attorneys but it was revealed a breakdown of this is not available at this time.
Government was asked if any money was paid to the families who lost their loved ones in the tragic incident.
However, the government said this is not a matter for it to jump in but is one where a state company has an accident in a situation where a contract was being executed by a private company, so the present administration cannot come and pay compensation but must follow processes.
The Office of the Prime Minister is not at this time involved in this matter.