HC Deb 12 February 1980 vol 978 cc590-1W
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 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