asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the White Fish Authority Committee for Scotland and Northern Ireland, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.
The committee advises the White Fish Authority on matters particularly affecting Scotland and Northern Ireland. It has no executive duties and does not disburse public funds; nor does it have separately identifiable support staff.
Most members of the committee in the last five years have served concurrently as members of the authority and have received composite salaries. Expenditure on salaries and expenses attributable solely to committee business is not readily identifiable.