(2) what the cost was of setting up his Department's Respect Task Force.
[holding answer 6 March 2007]: The Respect Task Force was formed from existing staff and utilised existing Home Office accommodation. The only significant set up cost incurred was an external recruitment exercise to boost the staff complement costing £32,000.
During 2006-07 a total of £1.9 million is projected to have been spent on staffing costs for £36.5 full time equivalents. This includes specialist staff to work directly with frontline practitioners to support and advise them on the implementation of the Respect programme.