§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what newspapers are produced by his Department; what is their function; how many people they employ; to whom they distributed; and what is the total cost to public funds per annum.
§ Mr. Heseltine
My Department produces an in-house newspaper,Environment and Transport World, as a common 591W service for the Departments of the Environment and Transport and the Property Services Agency. Its function is to foster a sense of corporate identity among staff, to convey staff information, and to stimulate interest in the work of the Departments. There is a staff of two, with part-time assistance from a third officer. One copy is distributed to every three members of staff.
The total estimated cost for the financial year 1979–80 are made up as follows:
Staff salaries and overheads £38,282 Distribution 600 Printing and paper 23,400 Total £62,282 Less advertising revenue 7,000 Net Total £55,282