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Departmental Running Costs

Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the running costs in 2002 were of (a) his Ministers private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) his Department. [105991]

As of 27 March, the cost in cash terms of running the six ministerial private offices for the 2002–03 financial year, amounted to £3,132,178. This is made up of £2,189,178 in running cost, and £943,000 in salary.The final total for this financial year will increase slightly once the data from all of our posts overseas have been entered on to our Financial Management System.The figures for the FCO in total will be available in the Departmental Report, which will be issued later in the year.