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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on its press office in each year since 1999 (a) in total and (b) per press officer. (96465)

The figures are as follows:

Cost1 (£)

Cost per press officer2 (£)

1999-20003

44,078

11,019

2000-01

178,236

44,559

2001-02

157,826

39,456

2002-03

162,021

40,505

2003-04

136,932

45,644

2004-05

131,149

43,716

2005-06

122,375

61,187

1 This includes expenditure that can be directly attributable to the press office, such as salaries, overtime, ERNIC, on-call allowances, travel and press cuttings service; it does not include overhead costs, such as accommodation, utilities and corporate services, which are paid centrally. 2 The cost per press officer is obtained by dividing the total cost each year by the number of press officers in post at 31 March at the end of the relevant year. It does not therefore reflect any variations in the number of press officers during each year. 3 Part-year cost from 1 July 1999, when the office was created, to 31 March 2000.