Mr. Alan Williams
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what publicity services relevant to the royal family are covered by the Central Office of Information; when COI became responsible for this expenditure; and from what sources it was financed before it became a charge on the COI.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
The Central Office of Inforniation currently provides press liaison facilities to the royal household under class XVIII vote 15.
The chief executive of the Central Office of Information informs me that he has established that such services have been provided since financial year 1948–49 but that without disproportionate cost he has been unable to establish what arrangements, if any, existed before that year.