HC Deb 24 May 1994 vol 244 cc97-8W
Mr. Lidington

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what arrangements have been made for the distribution of material publicising the code of practice on access to Government information.

Mr. David Davis

A leaflet has been produced explaining the operation of the code, giving a contact point for further information and mentioning the telephone inquiry service on 0345 223242.

To coincide with the launch of the code in April, the Central Office of Information wrote to public libraries, college and university libraries, citizen's advice bureaux, independent advice centres and law centres inviting them to stock the leaflet. By 17 May there had been a very encouraging positive response rate of 15 per cent. This means that 52,500 copies of the leaflet explaining how to apply for information under the code of practice have now been distributed to some 1,300 outlets.