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Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of the press offices of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies was in each year since1996-97; what the cost was in each quarter since 1 April 2007; and if he will make a statement. (189685)

The Department for International Development (DFID) does not have any agencies, and is responsible for two non-departmental public bodies—the Crown Agents Holding and Realisation Board and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, which do not have any press offices.

The figures up to 2003 do not cover all press office costs. Prior to 2003-04, press team staff costs can be identified but non-staff costs were not identifiable. Following changes to financial management systems, all press office costs can be identified from 2003.

The annual cost of the press office in DFID since 1996-97 is shown in the following tables.

Annual cost for staff only (£)

1996-97

195,000

1997-98

243,000

1998-99

240,000

1999-2000

100,000

2000-01

150,000

2001-02

148,000

2002-03

191,000

Total annual cost (£)

2003-04

404,000

2004-05

682,000

2005-06

563,000

2006-07

805,000

2007-08

Total quarterly cost (£)

1st quarter

236,000

2nd quarter

308,000

3rd quarter

315,000