To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the administrative costs were of each non-departmental public body for which he has responsibility in the last year for which figures are available; what the total of such costs was in that year; and whether the costs are regarded for the purposes of public expenditure statistical analyses as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable.
The DTI is currently responsible for 31 executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), including eight regional development agencies and 8 research councils, 22 advisory NDPBs and eight tribunal NDPBs. Apart from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), an executive NDPB, these NDPBs are not covered by the Treasury's administration budgets regime.
For the year 2004–05 the administration costs of Acas were £49,048k. This expenditure is regarded as non-identifiable for the purposes of the public expenditure statistical analyses. Expenditure by the other NDPBs does not distinguish between administration costs and other costs in a comparable manner. Expenditure by such bodies is a mixture of identifiable and non-identifiable, depending on the nature and purpose of the particular body.
Further information on the DTIs NDPBs, including details of Government funding and expenditure by the Department, can be found in Public Bodies 2005, a copy of which is in the Libraries of the House, and which is available online at: