§ Mr. Flight
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the running costs have been of Ministers' private offices in her Department in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Caborn
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 3 April 2003 to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow),Official Report, column 812W.
The running costs information relating to the Ministers' private offices since 1998 are listed in the table. The information for 1997 is not available. Figures for departmental running costs for 2002–03 will be published later in the year in the Departmental Resource Accounts 2002–03. 944W
Cost (£) 2002–03 1,840,045.10 2001–02 1,667,182.44 2000–01 1,387,142.33 1999–2000 1,307,106.16 1998–99 1,561,546.86