§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what has been the cost of media presentations and press conferences which he has given, other than those held at his Department. 
§ Mrs. Beckett
[holding answer 23 January 1998]: The cost of media presentations and press conferences which 1 and my Ministers have given outside my Department have normally been no more than the cost of a backdrop at most a few hundred pounds. The only occasions where the costs have been greater were the launch of the Business Link Enterprise Zone in November (£18k), and the regional events marking our EU Presidency in December (£6k).