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Regional Committees

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost has been of the operation of each (a) regional grand committee and (b) regional select committee since its inception. (319655)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) An estimate of the costs for regional grand committees to the end of February 2010 is given in the following table. Costs include hire of accommodation, sound recording, police support, and travel and subsistence for staff. No additional staffing costs were incurred as no extra staff were engaged to work for regional grand committees.

Cost of regional grand committees (£)

East of England

1,647

East Midlands

2,858

North East

4,238

North West

3,956

South East

4,196

South West

6,850

West Midlands

2,392

Yorkshire and Humber

749

Total

26,886

(b) An estimate of the costs of regional select committees is given in the following table. Costs include staffing, hire of accommodation, transcription of evidence, printing, specialist advisers' and witnesses' expenses, and travel and subsistence for staff. Expenditure on staffing cannot be broken down by region as these committees were supported from a pool of staff in the Department of Chamber and Committee Services.

Cost of regional select committees up to end of February 2010 (£)

East of England

22

East Midlands

16,787

London

6

North East

24,053

North West

13,904

South East

13,125

South West

26,752

West Midlands

23,175

Yorkshire and Humber

3,640

Staffing costs for all regions

311,400

Total

432,865