§ Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the cost of the following departmental publications; and what was their intended respective purpose(a) "People and Companies, Employee Involvement in Britain", (b) "Small Firms in Britain" and (c) the "United Kingdom in Europe, People and Progress Fact Pack".
§ Mr. Eggar
The cost of producing "People and Companies, Employee Involvement in Britain", was £83,000 minus what has been recouped from this being a priced publication (HMSO £5); the cost of producing "Small Firms in Britain" was £77,000; and the cost of the "United Kingdom in Europe, People and Progress Fact Pack" was £9,000.78W
The purpose of "People and Companies" was to describe the British approach to employee involvement and explain Government policy on the subject.
"Small Firms in Britain" was produced to meet the needs of advisory agencies, chambers of commerce and other representative organisations, as well as professional and academic bodies for an authoritative report on the key statistics, issues and trends in the small business sector, and the basis of the Government's policies and programmes to support small businesses.
The purpose of the "United Kingdom in Europe Fact Pack" was to explain the Government's concerns about the European Commission's proposed social charter; and to set out the approach to encouraging employment, individual opportunity and enterprise the Government believe will best enable Britain, as a full and active member of the European Community, to prosper in a Europe without barriers.