§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the amount of Treasury resources, including press office time, devoted to dealing with the queries surrounding the Paymaster General's financial affairs. 
§ Mr. Gordon Brown
[holding answer 26 January 1998]: All such queries were handled within existing Treasury resources. To disaggregate running costs in the way that is requested would be disproportionately expensive, and is not a practice pursued by previous Governments.