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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 31st October 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 31st October 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 31 October 1995.

The Prime Minister: This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House I shall be having further meetings later today.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 31 October.

The Prime Minister: This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House I shall be having further meetings later today.


Office Costs

Dr. Wright: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the expenditure on his office broken down into (a) salaries and (b) other costs for each year since 1980 81, in 1994 95 prices.

The Prime Minister: Figures on a consistent basis are not available. In 1980 81, recorded spending on my office and Chequers on the votes of the Civil Service Department/Cabinet Office was £3.684 million in 1994 95 prices. In 1981 82, charges were introduced for the use of Ministry of Defence aircraft. Including those charges, spending was, at 1994 95 prices, £4,649 million in 1981 82 and £4.852 million in 1982 83. In 1983 84, charges were introduced by the Property Services Agency for buildings and services. Including those charges, spending was, at 1994 95 prices, £5.197 million in 1983 84. In 1984 85, charges were introduced for the use of the Government car service and for service personnel at Chequers. Including those charges, spending was, at 1994 95 prices, £6.193 million in 1984 85 and £6.830 million in 1985 86. In 1986 87, the cost of office services was included in the No. 10 budget. Including those costs, spending since then has been as follows:

£ million                                                  

            |Total costs                                   

            |1994-95                                       

            |prices     |Staff      |Other                 

------------------------------------------------------------

1986-87     |7.469      |2.513      |4.956                 

1987-88     |7.741      |2.519      |5.222                 

1988-89     |8.777      |2.550      |6.227                 

1989-90     |9.600      |2.703      |6.897                 

1990-91     |9.533      |2.385      |7.148                 

1991-92     |9.450      |2.487      |6.963                 

1992-93     |10.866     |3.043      |7.298                 

1993-94     |9.384      |3.327      |6.057                 

1994-95<1>  |7.671      |3.217      |4.454                 

<1> In 1994-95 spending of £0.718 million on communications was transferred from No. 10 budget to the Cabinet Office budget.