HC Deb 14 July 2003 vol 409 cc104-5W
Mr. Flight

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the running costs have been of Ministers' private offices in his Department in each year since 1997. [123111]

Mr. Stephen Twigg

The information requested is in the table. This information includes the total running cost for the Department for Education and Skills and its predecessor, the Department of Education and Employment.

Financial year Running cost (£ million)
2002–03 2.2
2001–02 2.1
2000–01 2.3
1999–2000 2.0
1998–99 1.9
1997–98 1
1 Information not held in format requested