Departmental Expenditure

Scotland written question – answered on 7th November 2006.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on its press office in each year since 1999 (a) in total and (b) per press officer.

Photo of David Cairns David Cairns Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Scotland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Northern Ireland Office

The figures are as follows:

Cost( 1) (£) Cost per press officer( 2) (£)
1999-2000(3) 44,078 11,019
2000-01 178,236 44,559
2001-02 157,826 39,456
2002-03 162,021 40,505
2003-04 136,932 45,644
2004-05 131,149 43,716
2005-06 122,375 61,187
(1) This includes expenditure that can be directly attributable to the press office, such as salaries, overtime, ERNIC, on-call allowances, travel and press cuttings service; it does not include overhead costs, such as accommodation, utilities and corporate services, which are paid centrally. (2) The cost per press officer is obtained by dividing the total cost each year by the number of press officers in post at 31 March at the end of the relevant year. It does not therefore reflect any variations in the number of press officers during each year. (3) Part-year cost from 1 July 1999, when the office was created, to 31 March 2000.

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