To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what were the itemised costs of the initial review of the craft industry in January and February 1988.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
[holding answer 21 February 1990]: The review of the craft industry was carried out by Mr. Tony Ball on behalf of the Department at a total cost of £6,212.04. Mr. Ball undertook the study free of fees and the sum of £6,212.04 represents:
- £2,503.76 expenses paid to Mr. Ball (covering travel and subsidence at Civil Service rates)
- £3,268.80 + VAT support costs to Tony Ball Associates—of which:
£ Secretarial services: 1,001.00
Fares: 140.80 Creative work: 1,680.80 Printing, photographing, couriers etc. 447.00
£439.48 payments direct to hotels where meetings were held.
Had the work been undertaken at commercial consultancy rates, I estimate that the total cost would have certainly exceeded £25,000. I am grateful to Mr. Ball for completing this major study speedily and free of fees.