§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is his estimate of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers and magazines in(a) 1995–96, (b) 1996–97, (c) 1997–98 to date and (d) 1997–98 full year; and if he will list the newspapers and magazines purchased or subscribed to on a regular basis. 
§ Angela Eagle
The estimate of my Department's expenditure on newspapers and magazines from 1995–96 is of the order of:
Year £ 1995–96 622.1k 1996–97 606.4k 1997–98 to 31 January 1998 532.24k 1997–98 Full year estimate 619.1k
Some of the information requested is not held centrally and gathering it would involve disproportionate cost. Titles include daily and regional newspapers, weekly magazines and trade and technical journals. To list each title would involve disproportionate cost.