§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will provide a table showing the running costs of his Department in each region for each year since 1987–88.
§ Mr. Robin Squire
In the years prior to 1993–94 HM inspectorate maintained small local offices in each region, but the Department as currently constituted does not operate a regional structure; its headquarters functions are carried out in offices in London and Darlington. In 1993–94 the Department's running costs expenditure was split broadly 70:30 between the London and Darlington offices. Detailed information on the actual spend between each office for that and previous years could only be provided at disproportionate cost. The net administration costs for the Department in each year since 1987–88 were as follows:
£'000s 1987–88 58,594 1988–89 67,402 1989–90 74,501 1990–91 85,067 1991–92 102,414 1992–93 108,370 1993–94 88,370
The 1993–94 figure is provisional and reflects changes in the machinery of Government.