HC Deb 20 February 1996 vol 272 cc82-3W
Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the annual telephone costs to(a) his Department, (b) his Department's agencies and (c) his Department's non-departmental public bodies staff for (i) 1995–96 and (ii) 1996–97; and if internal telephone directories are available to staff in all areas of (a) to (c). [11374]

Mr. Willetts

The estimated out-turn for 1995–96 is shown the following table:

Cabinet Office 751,500
Cabinet Office Agencies1 539,650
HMSO2 1,413,000
COI 272,550
1 SAFE and the Buying Agency became OPS Agencies as from 1 January 1996; their costs have been included.
2 Calendar year data.

The Cabinet Office has no executive non-departmental public bodies. Telephone costs for its advisory NDPBs are included in the figures above.

Estimates for 1996–97 are still being prepared as part of the Department's normal budgeting round.

Internal telephone directories are available to staff in all areas.

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