§ Mrs. Gorman
To ask the hon. Member for Berwick upon Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission what was the total cost of running the Fees Office for the last three years for which figures are available, indicating separately staff salaries and use of 3 Dean's yard.
§ Mr. Beith
It is not possible to separate the costs of running the Fees Office from the Administration Department of which it is a constituent part. Expenditure in respect of the Administration Department made from sub-head A5 of the House of Commons administration vote in each of the years in question was as follows:
Salary etc. costs £ General administration expenses1 £ 1987–88 1,259,350.40 21,083.67 1988–89 1,420,115.92 29,593.47 1989–90 1,571,996.78 59,527.02 1 Excluding premium for Members' group personal accident insurance.
Payments in respect of common services, for example, telephones, are made from other sub-heads of the vote and these costs cannot be apportioned between users.
Expenditure in respect of rent, fuel utilities and maintenance of No. 3 Dean's yard, which also accommodates Members and their staff was £320,000 in 1987–88, £380,000 in 1988–89 and £360,000 in 1989–90. Costs related to the Fees Office cannot be separately identified.