§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total cost to public funds of the Audit Commission; what is the cost of premises, other office costs and staff costs; and how many people it employs.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
The information requested by my hon. Friend is contained in the annual accounts of the Audit Commission for local authorities in England and Wales which were laid before Parliament on 30 July as required by the Local Government Finance Act 1982. Key expenditure and income figures for 1983–84 are as follows:
Gross fee income £14,987,000 Total operating expenditure £13,063,000 of which: Costs of accommodation £394,000 Other Office costs (supplies and services) £282,000 Staff costs £8,888,000 Average weekly number of staff 524