§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what newspapers are produced by his Department; what is their function; how many people they employ; to whom they are distributed; and what is the total cost to public funds per annum.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
My Department does not produce a newspaper, but it does produce a monthly house journal with a circulation of 7,000, which keeps 14,000 staff informed on Ministry news and views not appropriate for formal instructions and notices. There is a full-time information officer editor assisted by an executive officer. The total cost is about £25,000 a year, including staff costs.