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Audit Commission

Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will list all the management and occasional papers published by the Audit Commission, showing the dates they were commissioned and completed, and the cost of producing each paper;(2) how many comparative and other studies were undertaken by the Audit Commission in each year since 1983, under section 26 of the Local Government Finance Act 1982; what the total cost of these studies was for each of the years, expressed in 1991 prices; and how long each study took to complete.

The Audit Commission is responsible for deciding what papers it will publish and what studies it will promote or undertake. Any available information will be obtainable from the Audit Commission.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what proportion of the Audit Commission's operating costs for each year since 1983 is attributable to activities not related to auditing the performance of local authorities.

This information is not available in the form requested. The Audit Commission's annual reports show that the percentage of the Audit Commission's total operating costs represented by central studies was as follows:

Percentage
1983–845.0
1984–854.7
1985–865.1
1986–874.3
1987–884.2
1988–894.3
1989–903.9
11990–913.6
1 Excludes operating costs and costs of central studies relating to the NHS, for which the Audit Commission assumed responsibility on 1 October 1990.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will show (a) the total salaries and (b) the total staff costs of the Audit Commission for each year since 1983, expressed in 1991 prices.

Total salaries and staff costs for field and support staff in the district audit service and the Audit Commission headquarters at 1991 prices1 are listed. Payments to audit firms and contract audit staff are excluded.

YearTotal salaries £000Total staff costs£000
1983–849,85913,279
1984–8511,95615,331
1985–8612,50016,341
YearTotal salaries£000Total staff costs£000
1986–8713,17217,735
1987–8813,92418,871
1988–8914,34119,172
1989–9016,08221,757
21990–9120,69727,945
1Calculated using GDP deflator index.
2Includes additional salaries and staff costs payable from 1 October 1990 in relation to NHS activities.