HC Deb 13 March 2003 vol 401 cc411-2W
Norman Baker

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 5 December 2002,Official Report, column 925, to the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin), what functions are performed by the 724 other staff working for Sir David Omand; how much this cost the Cabinet Office in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [99221]

Mr. Alexander

The 724 other staff referred to in the answer of 5 December are non-senior civil servants. In December 2002 the total salary costs of non-senior civil servants in the units that report to Sir David Omand were £2.1 million. These units are: the Intelligence and Security Secretariat; the Civil Contingencies Secretariat; the Communication Group; the Machinery of Government Secretariat; the Government Information and Communication Service; the Corporate Services Group; ministerial offices; and Sir David's private office.