To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent by his Ministers on administration in each year since 1997. 
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the running costs in 2002 were of (a) his Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) his Department. 
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was established following the Machinery of Government changes on 29 May 2002.
(a) The following table shows the total administration resource and pay expenditure on Ministers' private offices.
Administration resource and pay expenditure
Administration resource expenditure
|Private office total||2,346|
|of which Pay total||1,489|
(b) The gross administration resource expenditure for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (including Government offices but excluding its executive agencies) for 2002–03 is £264 million. This figure is provisional and subject to the final accounts being signed off.