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Departments: Public Expenditure

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost was of establishing his Department. (134184)

When established, the Department for International Development took over the functions, staff and premises of the Overseas Development Administration. There was no cost to public funds associated with this transfer of functions. To establish detailed figures for other set up costs such as changes in stationery and additional ministerial offices would involve disproportionate costs but these would not have been significant. The running costs outturn for DFID in 1997-98 was 2.4 per cent. lower than the outturn for 1996-97.