§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Secretary of State for Trade why the cost of a subscription to the Export Intelligence Service Gazette as published by the British Overseas Trade Board has been raised from £100 to £400 per year, with the result that certain small firms engaged in exports which previously benefited from information provided by the Gazette no longer can afford to subscribe to it.
§ Mr. Meacher
The British Overseas Trade Board has increased the charge for theGazette in two stages from £100 to £400 to take account of rising costs and the need for economy in public expenditure. The Gazette is a daily publication containing all the product and market intelligence received from diplomatic posts throughout the world. At £400 it is still offered at substantially below cost and represents good value for firms whose interests are sufficiently extensive to justify their purchasing it.
Other firms should find the Export Intelligence Card Service at 20p a notice cheaper and more convenient. This service offers a rapid despatch of intelligence matched by computer to subscribers' stated interests.356W