§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Prime Minister if she will detail the reasons for the increase in the costs of running her office from £6.55 million in 1988 to £7.9 million in 1989; and what steps she is taking to reduce this increase.
§ The Prime Minister
The estimated increase in costs is due almost entirely to capital expenditure on refurbishment work and security improvements. The increase in the normal running costs of my office is less than one half of one percentage point in real terms.