§ Mr. Oppenheim
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the cost to his Department of answering questions tabled by the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) since 1 December 1989.
§ Mr. Ridley
[holding answer 27 February 1990]: The hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) has tabled in excess of 160 questions to my Department since 1 December 1989. Detailed information about the cost of providing each answer is not recorded, but the total cost to the Department has probably been between £10,000 and £20,000.