§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the annual administrative cost of the compensation recovery unit in each year since it was established. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
This is a matter for Peter Mathison, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Peter Mathison to Mr. David Hinchliffe, dated 22 May 1996:The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question, asking what was the administrative cost of the Compensation Recovery Unit in each year since it was established.
The information is provided in the table below.
Period Operating costs (£ million) 1 August 1989–31 March 1990 0.13 1 April 1990–31 March 1991 1.7 1 April 1991–31 March 1992 1.9 1 April 1992–31 March 1993 2.1 1 April 1993–31 March 1994 2.7 1 April 1994–31 March 1995 2.8 1 April 1995–31 March 1996 3.1 Data are provisional and subject to amendment.
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