(2) what the cost to the public purse was of the Treasury Euro Resource, Euro Information, in each year since its inception.
Information on the costs of starting up and maintaining the Treasury’s euro website has been given in the answer of 25 July 2006 to the hon. Member for Wealden (Charles Hendry), Official Report, column 1351W, the answer of 24 June 2004 to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald), Official Report, column 1471W, the answer of 8 March 2004 to the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Matthew Taylor), Official Report, column 1275W, and the answer of 22 October 2002 to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable), Official Report, column 220W. The direct cost of maintaining the euro website in 2006-07 was £12,000.
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An overall figure for the operating budgets of Euro Information Centres (EICs) since their establishment is not readily available, as they receive funding from a variety of sources, including charging for some of their services, and have been in operation for more than twenty years. To provide this information for the EICs in Southampton, Inverness, Kent and Birmingham could be done only at disproportionate cost.