§ Lord LEE of NEWTON
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will make a Statement on the price of the Official Report.
§ The LORD PRIVY SEAL (Lord Peart)
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 65p to 80p. There will be corresponding increases in the prices of indices, bound volumes and subscription rates. The scale of charges for reprints of Peer's 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.
House adjourned at seven o'clock.