§ Sir Malcolm Thornton
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what are the total aggregate costs to her Department of administration, oversight, audit and other regulation of each of the non-departmental public bodies, agencies and similar bodies sponsored by her Department. 653W
§ Mr. Robin Squire
The costs of overseeing the bodies sponsored by the Department cannot easily be disaggregated from the costs of related activities. However, estimated total aggregate costs of a recurring nature for the 1996–97 financial year in respect of the Department's oversight of the Employment Service, the Teachers' Pensions Agency and the 25 non-departmental public bodies and similar bodies sponsored by the Department are £1.4 million.