§ Mr. John Hunt
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list by titles and number the provincial newspapers supplied to the House (a) while Parliament is sitting and (b) during the recess periods, and further state the annual cost of such provision.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
A very wide variety of national and provincial newspapers are supplied to the House both when Parliament is sitting and during periods of recess. The vast majority of these are supplied free of charge.
A very limited number are, however, purchased and the total cost of these is £12.00 each week when the House is sitting.
I have written to my hon. Friend giving details of the provincial newspapers, both purchased and supplied free of charge to the House.