§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the total cost of administration of his Department expressed in constant prices in each of the last five years.
§ Sir Keith Joseph
The total cost of administration of the Department expressed in 1982–83 prices in the last four years was:
£ million 1979–80 45.326 1980–81 49.186 1981–82 47.848 1982–83 47.554
This information is taken from the annual scrutinies of departmental running costs, which cover only 1979–80 onwards.