§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the(a) running costs of and (b) number of staff in the Department and its predecessors were in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2002. 
§ Alun Michael
The information requested can be found in the annual Departmental Reports. In particular, Annex 7 of the 2000 MAFF Report for 1997 running cost statistics (CM 4612), Table 6 of the 2003 Defra Report (CM 5919) for staff numbers in both years, and Table 5 of the 2003 Defra Report for administrative costs in 2002. Copies of these Reports are in the Library of the House.