HC Deb 03 July 1978 vol 953 cc4-5W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what are the bodies for which his Department is responsible which would fulfil all the criteria for inclusion in "A Directory of Paid Public Appointments Made By Ministers", produced by the Civil Service Department, except for the fact that those appointed are not paid; in respect of which of these bodies expenses are paid; what those expenses amounted to in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what were all the other main constituent costs.

Mr. Les Huckfield

The information so far as it is available is below. In principle all Members who my right hon. Friend appoints are entitled to reimbursement of expenses necessarily incurred in the course of carrying out the duties of their appointment.

Members' expenses during 12 months to 31st March 1978 Other main constituent costs during the same period
£ £
Requirements Boards
Chemicals and Minerals 1,018 1,728
Chief Scientists' Nil Nil
Computers Systems and Electronics 1,357 821
Engineering Materials 960 1,586
Garment and Allied Industries 1,580 349
Mechanical Engineering and Machine Tools 2,288 1,036
Metrology and Standards 900 700
Ship and Marine Technology 450 700
Electrical Technology Nil 73
Waste Management Advisory Council 603(c) (b)

(a) Travel and subsistence expenses incurred directly on the business of the organisation are normally reimbursed at the rates applicable to senior civil servants. The annual total is not readily available.

(b) In certain cases costs are incurred by officials in providing a secretariat, information on which is not readily available.

(c) Half of these expenses are met by the Department of the Environment.

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