§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 29 October,Official Report, cols. 784–85, to the hon. Member for Newham, 401W South concerning availability of his reply to the Fourth Report of the Select Committee on Energy 1991–92 (HC 113), by what means his memorandum, and that of the Director General of Electricity Supply, were released to the press; and if he will list the names of journals to which it was sent without a request.
§ Mr. Eggar
[holding answer 3 November 1992]: My Department's memorandum was circulated using our standard method of distribution for press notices, which covers around 450 newspapers, journals, media and other companies and individuals. The Office of Electricity Regulation circulated its press release to its standard distribution list of more than 500 newspapers and other contacts, and sent a copy of the director general's memorandum to the majority of press and media contacts.