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Press

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total annual cost of the press offices of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies were in each year since 1996-97; what the cost was in each quarter since 1 April 2007; and if he will make a statement. (189755)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1879W by the former Financial Secretary (John Healey).

The administration costs of the Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce are published in the annual report and accounts each year, copies of which are available in the Library and at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/about/about_index.cfm

The Government Actuary’s Department does not have a Press Office. Figures for HM Revenue and Customs, National Savings and Investments and the Office for National Statistics figures are given as follows:

£000

HMRC

NS and I

ONS

2001-02

3,870

663

2002-03

3,402

943

635

2003-04

2,526

801

580

2004-05

1,674

881

600

2005-06

2,022

1,080

556

2006-07

2,602

960

512