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Craft Industry

Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what were the itemised costs of the initial review of the craft industry in January and February 1988.

[holding answer 21 February 1990]: The review of the craft industry was carried out by Mr. Tony Ball on behalf of the Department at a total cost of £6,212.04. Mr. Ball undertook the study free of fees and the sum of £6,212.04 represents:

  • £2,503·76 expenses paid to Mr. Ball (covering travel and subsidence at Civil Service rates)
  • £3,268·80 + VAT support costs to Tony Ball Associates—of which:
Secretarial services:1,001.00

Creative work:1,680·80
Printing, photographing, couriers etc.447·00

£439·48 payments direct to hotels where meetings were held.

Had the work been undertaken at commercial consultancy rates, I estimate that the total cost would have certainly exceeded £25,000. I am grateful to Mr. Ball for completing this major study speedily and free of fees.