HC Deb 26 February 1998 vol 307 c337W
Mr. Robert McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many offices of what square footage have been taken up by the Decommissioning Body; from which budget the expenses and salaries of the members and staff of that body are paid; how many of her Department's staff at what grades are employed on this issue; and at what annual cost in salaries. [31318]

Mr. Ingram

The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning occupy a suite of offices covering 5,610 square feet. This suite comprises nine offices, a conference room, bathroom and cooking facilities.

The Commission is funded jointly by the British and Irish governments.

No UK or NI civil servants work for the Commission. Its members and staff are drawn entirely from the USA, Canada and Finland. Work on decommissioning impinges on various branches in the Northern Ireland Office and it would not be possible to give an exact figure on the cost of this work.