A Department of Transport spokesman said later that pounds 1.42m had been spent on travel and maintenance costs, and pounds 850,000 on refurbishment, in 1990-91. Estimated total spending for 1991-92 is pounds 2.6m.
In another reply, Archie Hamilton, Minister of State for Defence, told Mr Williams that the Royal Yacht had been used on 100 occasions since 1990. A departmental spokesman estimated costs at pounds 9.27m for 1990-91 and pounds 11.46m for 1991-2. Mr Williams commented: 'The House of Commons must assert its right to scrutinise this spending on the royals.'
EC TRAVEL: Passports will still be needed for travel between Britain and other EC countries after 1 January 1993, despite final European trade barriers coming down, Kenneth Clarke, the Home Secretary, said. The only exception will be travelling to and from the Irish Republic, because it is a common travel area.