HC Deb 18 January 1996 vol 269 c699W
Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) what is his estimate of the total cost for himself and other departmental Ministers for each year since 1991–92, including the current year of(a) overseas travel and accommodation expenses of Ministers and their advisers, (b) car and chauffeuring costs of Ministers, (c) ministerial security costs and (d) domestic travel and accommodation expenses of Ministers; [6404]

1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96
President's office 565,000 735,000 874,000 883,000 829,000
Total cost of ministerial organisation 1,840,000 2,354,000 3,225,000 3,849,000 3,898,000
1Costs based on current estimates.

Expenditure is not classified under all the headings specified and figures could be calculated only at disproportionate cost. Equivalent headings are shown as follows. Office refurbishment and press office are not disaggregated to the ministerial organisation: these are costed centrally.

Estimated costs for 1995–96—ministerial organisation, including parliamentary branch and the office of the permanent secretary
Total cost of ministerial organisation President's Office
Total running costs 3,898,000 829,000
Travel and subsistence (including ministerial car service, domestic and foreign travel) 875,000 149,000
Entertainment (includes alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks) 52,000 10,000
Stationery 85,000 19,000
Staff costs (includes ministerial salaries) 2,377,000 582,000
Other 509,000 69,000