HC Deb 24 May 1994 vol 244 cc137-8W
Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the(a) estimated and (b) out-turn cost of printing and delivering copies of the Dearing report on the review of school curriculum and assessment to all schools.

Mr. Robin Squire

The out-turn printing and distribution costs of Sir Ron Dearing's final report on the national curriculum published in January 1994 were £460,000; the bulk of this expenditure was in respect of copies of the report sent to schools but a precise breakdown is not available.

In line with Sir Ron Dearing's recommendations, proposals were published earlier this month for a slimmed down national curriculum in all subjects. The estimated discounted adult fares and discounted child fares, together with the level of discount on saver and supersaver tickets for each year afforded to rail passengers using family railcards.

Mr. Freeman

[holding answer 20 May 1994]: This is a commercial matter for British Rail, but I understand that the information requested is as follows:

cost of printing and distributing 120,000 sets of these consultation documents is about £700,000. About two-thirds have been sent to schools.