§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the running costs of(a) the Department and (b) each of its sponsored agencies were in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. 
§ Dr. Howells
Detailed information on administration costs for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Royal Parks Agency, going back to 1998–99 and with projections to 2003–04, is set out in the table on page 106 of the 2002 departmental report (Cm 5423). Data for years before 1998–99 are not readily available on the same basis. Provisional outturn for gross and net administration costs limits were published in Public Expenditure 2001–02 Provisional Outturn (Cm 5574), Tables 4 and 5. Updated information, with plans to 2005–06, will be published in the 2003 departmental report in the spring.