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Private Office Costs

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available. (55718)

I apologise for the delay in replying.

As far as our systems will allow us to identify, "running costs" relating to my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's Private Office, for Financial Year 2005-06, total approximately £725,000.

This is made up of charges for staff salaries, stationery, books, publications and newspapers, office machinery (including photocopiers, fax machines and their maintenance charges), refreshments, and telephone equipment and calls (including desk phones, mobiles, blackberries, broadband connection and actual call costs).

Running costs for corporate overheads such as heating and lighting are calculated across the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and it is therefore not possible to identify which charges relate specifically to my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's Private Office.