HC Deb 12 December 1977 vol 941 cc9-10W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Minister of Overseas Development why her Department always sends two copies of each parliamentary answer to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South, whereas every other Government Department sends only one copy; whether this treatment is given to every hon. Member who asks a parliamentary Question of her Department; and if she will cease this practice in the interests of departmental economy.

Mrs. Hart

Two copies of the parliamentary answer have always been sent by my Department to hon. Members. Single copies only will be sent in future. I would add that the cost to my Department of answering this Question would cover double-copying of answers, according to my estimate, for 16 years.