§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement about the current costs of running the Companies Registration Office and the charges made for services.
§ Mr. Maude
Provisional figures for 1987–88 shows that expenditure on a memorandum trading account basis at the companies registration offices amounted to £21 million. Fees and charges to cover these costs, together with a contribution towards the costs of running a system of registered companies, amounted to £28 million in the same period.