Ministers' Private Offices

Health written question – answered on 27th October 2004.

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Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk Conservative, Hertford and Stortford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The running costs for Ministers' private offices for the financial years 1997–98 to 2003–04 were as follows:

Running costs for Ministers' private offices
£000
1997–98 1,849
1998–99 2,144
1999–00 2,653
2000–01 2,947
2001–02 2,876
2002–03 2,601
2003–04 3,041

Notes:

1. An additional Minister, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, was appointed during 1999–2000.

2. The data is taken from the Department's accounting systems.

3. The salaries of Ministers themselves are not included.

4. Costs have also increased as a result of additional Parliamentary activity and legislation, resulting in an increase in correspondence and longer working.

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