HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 cc284-5W
Norman Lamb

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much producing his Department's latest annual report cost; how many copies were printed; how many copies of it were sold at its cover price; to whom copies of the report have been provided free of charge; and how many copies were provided free of charge. [90884]

Mr. Blunkett

The last annual report for my Department was published on 13 June 2002 and was also made available on the Home Office Internet website in HTML format from September 2002. The cover price was £14.75. The cost to my Department of producing the report was as follows (all figures include VAT):

Cost of producing report
Design and editing 35,724.82
Design for Internet version 2,600.00
Printing and purchase of 1,200 copies 116,567.98
Total cost 54,892.80
1This figure includes 20 per cent. discount on cover price of 1,100 copies and 60 per cent. discount on remaining 100 copies.

Under the terms of their contract with my Department TSO Ltd. use their commercial judgment to decide the total size of the print-run and bear all the remaining cost of printing the copies over and above the number required by the Department for distribution. Information on the total number of copies printed and sold at cover price is not therefore available to the Department.

The Department distributed 200 copies to Parliament members of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Members of the Cabinet and Leaders of the Opposition Parties. Some 400 copies were distributed across the Department to directors, heads of unit and frontline staff. About 400 copies have also been distributed to the press, other Government Departments, agencies, and non-governmental organisations and other bodies with an interest in the Department's work.