§ Mr. Steen
To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the House of Commons Commission what is the total estimated cost of maintaining the Deregulation Committee, broken down by office costs, staffing costs and printing costs. 
§ Mr. Beith
[holding answer 7 March 1996]: It is not possible to give a total estimated cost of maintaining the Deregulation Committee.
Currently the Committee has three full-time staff and three staff who also serve the European Legislation Committee. The Committee also receives assistance from the staff in the Committee Office providing general support for the work of Select Committees. Details of the staffing of the Committees are given in the sessional return. It is not possible to calculate office costs for individual Select Committees. The return for Session 1994–95 was published on 28 February as House of Commons Paper 132 of the current Session.
The cost of printing the reports of the Committee was £2,070 in financial year 1994–95; and in the current year, to the end of December 1995, has been £29,337. The costs relate to publication of nine reports.