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House of Commons (Running Costs)

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 18th May 2004.

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Photo of Mrs Jackie Lawrence Mrs Jackie Lawrence PPS (Team PPS), Department of Trade and Industry

To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the total annual running costs were in each year since 1995 of the House (a) Works Services Directorate, (b) Operations Directorate, (c) Personnel Policy Directorate, (d) Internal Review Services Directorate, (e) Financial Management Directorate, (f) Communications Directorate and (g) Estates Directorate.

Photo of Mr Archy Kirkwood Mr Archy Kirkwood Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

The table shows the annual costs to the House of running the named directorates since 1995–96. These are the administrative costs; they do not include capital expenditure, or the cost of general services provided for the House as a whole, but which are managed within each directorate's budgets. For example, the Estates Directorate pays rent and rent and rates for the whole of Parliament, but this is not included in the figures.

Not all of the directorates have been in existence since 1995–96; costs are provided from the time of their establishment.

All figures in £000
Directorate 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Works Services 2,728 2,525 2,646
Operations 1,453 1,746 1,810 1,973
Personnel Policy 418 330 280 323
Internal Review Services 228 216 176 138 154 177 233 246 255
btFinancial Management 530 549 524 469
Communications 334 741 1,278 1,663 1,661 1,620 1,825 2,390 2,954
Estates 428 393 535

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