HC Deb 16 March 1978 vol 946 c278W
Mr. Bean

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will make a statement on the price of the Official Report.

Mr. Charles R. Morris

Hansard prices were last increased in January 1976 but, as production costs and overheads have continued to rise, it is now necessary to increase the price of the Daily Edition from 33p to 40p and the Weekly Edition from 90p to £1.10. There will be corresponding increases in the prices of indexes, Standing Committee debates, bound volumes and subscription rates. The scale of charges for reprints of Members' speeches appearing in the Official Report will also be raised. All the revised prices will come into effect in April 1978 when Parliament resumes after the Easter Adjournment. Despite these increases, the publication of Hansard will still incur a substantial financial loss.