§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Prime Minister how many staff will be allocated to working in the offices and department of the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary; and what is the estimated annual cost of such staff. 
The Deputy Prime Minister
I have been asked to reply. I refer the hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister gave the hon. Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) on 11 July 1995,Official Report, column 496 and to that which I gave the hon. Member for Gordon on 13 July 1995, Official Report, column 751.