§ Mr. Denis Murphy
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what has been the total cost to public funds of holding industrial tribunals in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Ian McCartney
The administration of industrial tribunals in Great Britain became the responsibility of an executive agency, the Employment Tribunals Service, on 1 April 1997. Details of its expenditure for 1997–98 and beyond will be published in the Agency's annual report and accounts. Expenditure on the running costs of industrial tribunals in Great Britain in each of the last five years was as follows:
Year £ million 1996–97 36.8 1995–96 34.7 1994–95 33.3 1993–94 121.8 1992–93 119.9 1Excludes rent/rates and building maintenance costs which are not readily available and could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.
All figures exclude capital expenditure, information on which is not available on a consistent basis.