§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
Information on administration costs for the Department for Education and Skills and the Office for Standards in Education showing outturn from 1998–99 and plans to 2003–04, is set out in Annex E of the 2002 Departmental Report (Cm 5402). Data for years before 1998–99 are not 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 later in the Spring.