§ Mr. Stephen O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what(a) resource budget, (b) administration costs and (c) staff numbers are dedicated to the Companies Act investigation into British American Tobacco. 
§ Mr. Sutcliffe
[holding answer 19 April 2004]: As the inquiries have been concluded, no resources are currently dedicated to the Companies Act investigation into British American Tobacco Plc. The investigation was carried out internally by members of Companies Investigation Branch and there are no separate cost breakdowns.
Companies Investigation Branch does not disclose operational matters such as the numbers of staff dedicated to any particular inquiry.