§ Mr. Swayne
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of running her Office's canteen facilities was in(a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available. 
§ Ruth Kelly
[holding answer 20 July 2004]Since April 2002 canteen facilities at the Cabinet Office's core London buildings have operated on a nil subsidy basis.
In 2003–04, the Government Car and Despatch Agency, an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office, incurred some £35,000 for the running of a canteen facility at its London Headquarters site. For the remainder of the Department's estate, either no such expenditure was incurred or figures can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Owing to changes in the Cabinet Office's accounting system, figures for 1996–97 cannot be readily retrieved without incurring disproportionate cost.