To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 11 March 2003, Official Report, column 237W, on the Food Standards Agency, what the total pay costs incurred by the Food Standards Agency were in each year since 1997. 
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) was established on 1 April 2000. The total staff costs, including the devolved offices but excluding the Meat Hygiene Service, were £17,921,000 in 2000–01 and £21,315,000 in 2001–02. Further details, including changes in staff numbers, are set out in FSA"s annual report and accounts for the relevant financial year, which are available in the Library. It is too early to provide comparable information for 2002–03.