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Departmental Costs

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was to his Department of the case of R (on the application of Pretty) v. DPP 2001. [107506]

The Home Office was represented as an interested party in the case. The cost of legal representation was £36,161.06.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the running costs in 2002 were of (a) his Ministers private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) his Department. [105987]

The running costs for the whole of Private Office—including non Ministerial Offices in 2001–02 comprised £3,442,740 in pay costs and £1,049,964 in other running costs. Changes in financial recording systems from 2001 mean that it is no longer possible, without disproportionate cost, to separate the cost of Ministerial from non-Ministerial offices. Consequently this figure is not directly comparable with those provided in previous years, which did not include the cost of the offices of the Permanent Secretary, the Director General, Resources and Performance, Special Advisers, as well as the Typing Centre and the Ministerial Briefing Unit, which was largely created by bringing together existing staff in other Directorates.Departmental running costs for the period ending March 2002 are published in the Home Office Resource Accounts which were presented to Parliament on 31 January.Corresponding figures for 2002–03 are not yet available.