HC Deb 03 March 1995 vol 255 cc743-4W
Mr. Boyes

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list all White Papers, Green Papers and pamphlets issued by his Department, or agencies for which it is responsible, in 1994 giving, in each case, the total cost to the Exchequer of their production, publication and distribution; and what was the total equivalent cost in 1980.

Mr. Nelson

[holding answer 2 March 1995]: The Treasury and the agencies responsible to the Chancellor issued four White Papers, one Green Paper and 28 pamphlets in 1994. In respect of those white papers, green papers and other publications published by the HMSO all costs were borne by the HMSO, who aim to recover these from sales revenue. Production, printing and distribution costs of pamphlets printed externally are set out below. Production and distribution of pamphlets produced in-house or pamphlets printed externally are handled by staff as part of their normal work, and therefore disaggregated costs are not available. Information on costs in 1980 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

  • White papers
  • CSO annual report 1993–94 (HCP 521)
  • Departmental report of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Departments (Cm 2517)
  • RPI Advisory Committee. Housing costs (Cm 2717)
  • RPI Advisory Committee. New and used car prices (CM 2716)
  • Green papers
  • Better accounting for taxpayer's money (Cm 2626)

Pamphlets produced externally Cost (£)
Brief guide to sources (CSO) 19,731.00
Budget in brief (HMT) 21,004.00
Civil service statistics (HMSO for HMT) 0.00
CSO Databank (CSO) 10,181.00
Economic briefing (HMT) 66,911.00
Government procurement: progress report (HMSO) for HMT 0.00
Government statistical service annual report (CSO) 14,800.00
Key figures on civil service staffing (HMT) 715.00
Paymaster newsletter (PGO) 24,435.42
Producer prices—how they work (CSO) 5,320.00
Statistics for students (CSO) 6,472.00
Summer economic forecast 1994 (HMSO for HMT) 0.00
United Kingdom coinage review (Royal Mint) 4,917.37
United Kingdom coinage review (braille) Royal Mint) 2,641.00
UK in figures (CSO) 10,058.00
  • Pamphlets produced in-house
  • Civil service staffing 1979–1994 (HMT)
  • Code of best practice for board members of public bodies (HMT)
  • Crest: the legal issues (HMT)
  • Government economic forecasts 1969–1993 (HMT)
  • Help with fuel bills (HMT)
  • Implementation of the deposit guarantee directive (HMT)
  • Implementation of the investment services directive and capital adequacy directive (HMT)
  • Minutes of the monthly monetary meeting (HMT)
  • Open government: how to obtain information from the Treasury (HMT)
  • Public offer of securities regulations (HMT)
  • Review of Building Societies Act 1986 (HMT)
  • 744
  • Review of Building Societies Act 1986: background papers (HMT)
  • Revised implementation of the EC prospectus directive (HMT) Winding up directive (HMT)

1Pamphlets are defined for the purposes of this answer as booklets of more than one sheet originated and distributed generally to the public for the first time in 1994 or made available to the public for purposes of discussion for the first time in 1994 and do not include reprints of earlier published material.

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