HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 c295W
Mr. Christopher Price

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what were the operating costs of the Assessment of Performance Unit during the last financial year, including the payments to research teams, the salaries of the full-time staff of the Assessment of Performance Unit, the cost of providing papers and publicity material, the cost of running regional conferences and the expenses paid to the Assessment of Performance Unit committee and group members.

Dr. Boyson

The Assessment of Performance Unit is an integral part of my Department and without undue expense it would not be possible separately to determine the total cost of its operations in any financial year. For the same reason it is not possible to identify the cost of providing papers. The cost in the financial year ending 31 March 1980 of the other items on which this information is sought was:

Payments to research teams: 480,450
Salaries of full-time APU staff*: (approximately) 30,000
Publicity material: 16,000
Regional conferences: 6,900
APU committee and group members expenses: 12,300
* The Unit has 5 full-time and 5 part-time staff. The total (APU) salary cost of these ten staff in 1979–80 was approximately £60,000.