§ Norman Lamb
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down by main spending heads(a) salaries and (b) ceremonial expenses paid for by his Department under its provision for honours and dignities, as set out on page 55 of the HM Treasury Departmental Report 2002. 661W
§ Ruth Kelly
[holding answer 7 January 2003]: Honours and dignities are normally awarded by HM the Queen on the advice of the Ceremonial Secretariat of the Cabinet Office. For historical reasons spending is included in the Treasury's Estimate. Estimated spending by the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood (CCOK) for the financial year 2002–03 breaks down as follows:
£ Admin expenses of CCOK, including salaries 469,100 Cost of Insignia issued 459,700 George Cross annuities 18,200 Other Ceremonial costs 69,000 Total 11,016,000 1Net of £7,000 appropriations-in-aid.