§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the total cost of running the Food Standards Committee, including all main constituent costs of any sort whatsoever, such as expenditure on its own programmes, wages, rent, heating and lighting and maintenance in the latest 12 months for which figures are available; and what are the projected costs for 1978–79.391W
§ Mr. John Silkin
The cost of the Food Standards Committee in the financial year 1976–77 was £5,200. The projected cost in 1978–79 is £10,500. The increase between these two years is due in part to a change in the arrangements for taxing travelling and subsistence expenses of members of the committee.
No allowance has been made for expenditure in connection with the committee on Ministry salaries and accommodation which would have been incurred whether or not it existed.