HC Deb 26 April 1990 vol 171 cc333-4W
Mr. Madden

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many copies of "British Defence Policy 1990–91" were issued before a printing error on page 5 was discovered; how many second copies he expects to issue; and what is the total cost of printing and distributing both copies of this publication.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

We expect to distribute approximately 100,000 copies of "British Defence Policy 1990–91". Design and printing costs will be of the order of £90,000 ex VAT. The publication is distributed in a variety of ways, internally and externally, and it is not possible to put a figure on distribution costs. The printing error was contained in an initial batch of 2,000 about half of which were distributed. A total of 2,000 corrected replacement copies were produced at no extra cost to the Ministry of Defence.