§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the estimated cost of answering all Parliamentary Questions to the Scottish Office for the latest 12-month period; and on what basis the calculation is made.
§ Mr. William Ross
During the year to 30th June 1975 answers were given to 376 Questions put down for oral reply and to 1,360 Questions put down for Written Answer. On the basis of the estimated average cost of answering Questions—£26 for an Oral Answer and £16 for a Written Answer—given in a reply on 29th April 1975—[Vol. 891, c.113–14]—the total cost was of the order of £32,000.