§ 34. Mr. Biffen
asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what is the present circulation of his Department's 1468 publication "Progress Report"; to whom it is sent and for what reasons; what is its current cost of publication and circulation; and whether he will change the title.
§ Mr. Biffen
What is the progress to which the title refers? Can the hon. Gentleman assure us that this is at least one of the sacred cows which will come under scrutiny in the review of public expenditure, on the understanding that there would be widespread assent on both sides of the House if it were axed?
§ Mr. Dell
If he has not already done so, the hon. Gentleman should read the publication, when he will find a considerable record of progress. There is at any rate a very good indication of its value in the fact that its circulation is nearly six times higher than the equivalent publication of the previous Government and is rising steadily. Hon. Members, who, I would have thought, are very good judges of its value, seem to be very interested in it.