§ 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.