§ Mr. Steen
To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission, what was the cost of producing new green plastic folders for the House of Commons telephone directory; why it was necessary to replace the black folders; how many were issued(a) to each hon. Member and (b) in total; who approved the cost; and how much was spent.
§ Mr. Beith
Some 3,500 new folders and directories are to be issued including a single personal issue to each hon. Member. The cost of the folders was £5,181. Their purchase was approved by the Accommodation and Administration Sub-Committee of the Services Committee in the last Parliament. The Sub-Committee's successor committee, the Administration Committee, approved a mock-up of the new directory and the new folder.
The new green folders for the House of Commons telephone directory are to replace the current black folders 96W which are wearing out and which are too small satisfactorily to contain the newly designed telephone directory.