§ Mr. Waterson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if this month's edition of "Countywide", published by East Sussex county council conforms with the guidelines issued by the Audit Commission in connection with local government reorganisation.
§ Mr. Baldry
I cannot comment on individual publications. We have, however, had in operation since 1988 a code of recommended practice on local authority publicity. The code make it clear that authorities should not use public funds to mount publicity campaigns to persuade the public to hold a particular view on a question of policy.