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Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the cost to his Department of providing secretariat and executive support services for each non-departmental public body to which he appoints members other than civil servants.

I refer my hon. Friend to the columns showing the Home Office expenditure as sponsoring Department in appendix A of part three of the "Report on Non-Departmental Public Bodies" (Cmnd. 7797). In respect of advisory bodies, the expenditure includes not only staff support costs, but also fees and expenses paid to appointed members. I also refer to the reply I gave to questions by my hon. Friend on 24 January and 1 May,—[Vol. 977, c. 315–16; Vol. 983, c. 632–33.] The estimated cost of the working party to review traffic law is £1,200.More recent information is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.