HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 c1312W
Jon Trickett

To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what his estimate is of the total amount of staff hours spent in 2003–04 in support of(a) select committees of the House other than the Committee of Public Accounts and (b) the Committee of Public Accounts; what the budget allocated to each is in 2003–04; and if he will make a statement. [153383]

Sir Archy Kirkwood

I refer the hon. Member to Part 10 of the Sessional Return for 2002–03, which was published yesterday as House of Commons Paper 1 of this Session. This gives details of the staff who serve each committee. In addition, the Committee of Public Accounts is supported by the National Audit Office which has a staff of 811 in total. There is no budgetary allocation to individual committees; however, expenditure attributable to each committee appears in the Sessional Return.