§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 2002–03 will be accounted for by staff costs; what the figures were for 2001–02; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Beverley Hughes
The information requested is provided in the following table.895W
2001–02 2002–03 Annual departmental expenditure limit (DEL)(£million) 10,731 10,230 Staff costs (£ million) 1,477 1,688 Staff costs as proportion of annual DEL (Percentage) 13.8 16.5
The 2001–02 DEL includes £826 million from the DEL Reserve, voted in the Spring Supplementary Estimates, mainly to fund asylum expenditure. If this is discounted, the staff costs for 2001–02 constitute 16.1 per cent. of the DEL.