§ Mr. Hanley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions his Department sponsored advertisements in national newspapers in the last three years; which newspapers were chosen for these campaigns; which local newspapers were used in these campaigns; and which newspaper publishing groups received payment for advertising space.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
I have not sponsored any advertising in national newspapers in the last three years. I have, however, sponsored local advertising for the right-to-buy campaign in theSouth Wales Echo, the South Wales Evening Post, the South Wales Argus and the Wrexham/Chester Evening Leader.
Where the Welsh Office has been associated with national campaigns on AIDS, drugs misuse and road safety sponsored by major Whitehall Departments, I have sponsored advertisements in the Welsh language newspaper Y Cymro and in the Western Mail, the Liverpool Daily Post and the South Wales Argus.
The South Wales Echo, and the Western Mail are part of the Thomson publishing group. The Liverpool Daily Post is a member of the Trinity International Publishing Group. The South Wales Argus is a member of Express Newspapers plc; the South Wales Evening Post is part of the Northcliffe Newspapers Group.
Both the Wrexham/Chester Evening Leader and Y Cymro are part of the North Wales Newspaper group.