HC Deb 08 February 1985 vol 72 cc700-1W
Mr. Proctor

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the cost of administration of his Department expressed in constant prices in each of the last five years.

Mr. Jopling

The total cost of administration for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food expressed in 1983–84 prices* in the last five years was:

£ million
1979–80 194
1980–81 208
1981–82 199
1982–83 197
1983–84 203

This information is based on the Annual Scrutinies of Departmental Running Costs. The introduction on 1 April 1983 of full cost repayment to the Property Services Agency for accommodation added an extra £6 million to running costs in 1983–84 compared with 1982–83.

Corresponding figures for the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce are:

£ million
1979–80 9
1980–81 10
1981–82 10
1982–83 12
1983–84 13
*Cash figures adjusted for general inflation as measured by the GDP deflator at market prices.

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