§ Mr. Heald
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 8 March,Official Report, columns 1262–3W, on non-departmental public bodies, if he will make a statement on the change in his Department's expenditure on such bodies since 1996–97. 
§ Mr. Alexander
The Cabinet Office was responsible for eight Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) in 1996–97 and 10 NDPBs in 2002–03.
Expenditure for these public bodies in 1996–97 and 2002–03 is set out in the following table.
£ million NDPB 11996–97 2002–03 British Government Panel on Sustainable Development 0.050 — Citizen's Charter Panel of Advisers 0.083 — Deregulation Task Force 0.065 — Advisory Committee on Advertising — 0.004 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments 0.051 0.061 Civil Service Appeal Board 0.308 0.393 Committee on Standards in Public Life 0.485 0.638 Honours Scrutiny Committee 0 0 Security Commission 0.005 0.007 Better Regulation Task Force2 — 0.517 Security Vetting Appeal Panel — 0.024 Senior Salaries Review Body3 — 0.292 House of Lords Appointments Commission — 0.152 Total 1.047 2.088
2 The expenditure figure for The Better Regulation Task Force in 2002/03 is not directly comparable with the 1996–97 expenditure figure for its predecessor, the Deregulation Task Force. The Better 564W Regulation Task Force figure includes staff costs for the Task Force secretariat. Staff costs for the Deregulation Task Force in 1996–97 were not calculated.
3 Although sponsored by the Cabinet Office, costs are met by the DTI.