HC Deb 09 February 2001 vol 362 cc705-6W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press releases were issued by his Department in the financial years(a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99 and (d) 1999–2000; how many have been issued in the current financial year; and what his estimate is of the total number for the current financial year. [149249]

Mr. Chris Smith

[holding answer 8 February 2001]: The number of press releases issued by my Department for the following financial years are as follows:

Year Press releases
1996–97 411
1997–98 314
1998–99 334
1999–2000 294

Over the same period my Department has also issued 116 invitations to the media.

For the current financial year 2000–01, my Department has issued 300 releases to date.