HC Deb 03 March 1919 vol 113 cc46-7W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that so urgent is the necessity for saving paper that the War Office issue notices of the affairs of deceased officers and soldiers on a few square inches of paper sent without covering; if he will explain, in view of this fact, why "To-day's Summary of the Press" is issued free to all Members; and if he will state the cost of this publication?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. The War Office, in common with other Departments, has endeavoured to reduce the size of all forms used, and has especially considered those cases in which envelopes could be dispensed with, but a careful differentiation has always been made between form letters which dealt with private family details and those asking questions not of a confidential character. I understand that the issue of "To-day's Summary of the Press," referred to in the latter part of my hon. Friend's question, is due to private enterprise and that the State does not bear the cost of production or distribution.

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