HC Deb 21 April 1999 vol 329 c535W
Mr. MacKay

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the cost of the Northern Ireland Assembly is drawn from the Northern Ireland grant; and what the costs of the Assembly(a) were in the 1998–99 financial year and (b) are projected to be in the 1999–2000 financial year. [81037]

Mr. Paul Murphy

Yes. 1998–99 expenditure was £10.6m. It will be for the Assembly to determine its operating costs in 1999–2000. In February, the Assembly Commission estimated this at £36m.