§ Mr. Fisher
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the annual cost of fees and reimbursements to people appointed to(a) public, (b) non-governmental and (c) other bodies by his Department.
§ Mr. Curry
This Department is responsible for appointments to a number of such bodies many of which attract the payment of fees and/or the reimbursement of expenses.
Because there are wide variations in the circumstances and in the manner in which these bodies are constituted, payments are made from a number of different accounts. Information on the totals is not collected centrally in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Indications of the level of remuneration paid to appointees to public bodies are, however, available in "Public Appointments: A Guide for Women's Organisations" (Women's National Commission, June 1990) and "Public Bodies" published annually by the Cabinet Office. Copies of both publications are available in the Library of the House.