Ministerial Office Costs

I’ve been testing the limits of the coalition government’s commitment to transparency again this week. My trusty team has helped compile a list of costs for each minister’s private office. I published the cost of Cabinet ministers earlier today.

I’ve been busy on family stuff today and have just picked up a load of emails and messages about the report. A number of journalists have asked for figures for all ministers. So I’ve published it below. Congratulations to Mark Harper for only employing two staff in his private office and being the cheapest MP in Her Majesty’s Government.

If you know about this stuff, I’d be grateful if you can help me. These figures show that there are civil servants doing more or less the same job but being paid substantially different sums depending on what department they work for. I’m trying to find the lowest paid Private Secretary and the lowest paid Diary Secretary. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

One last thing. I was being serious about Vince Cable. He can’t possibly run a department the size of his with only six staff in his private office. He should sort it out.