To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2005, Official Report, column 215W, on departmental structures, how many staff there are in the Presidency Unit within the Europe Directorate; and what the unit's (a) programme budget and (b) staffing budget is in 2005–06.
The Presidency Team in the European Directorate currently consists of 12 members of staff. A thirteenth is being recruited to reach our full complement to meet projected staffing requirements for the duration of the Presidency. Staffing for the unit is being covered through re-prioritisation but is costed at £438,692 for financial year 2005–06.
Although budget allocations are yet to be finalised, the budget for programme spend is currently projected to be £6,732,000 in 2005–06.