HC Deb 19 May 2004 vol 421 c1098W
Norman Lamb

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the production of 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. [171152]

Mrs. McGuire

The cost to the Scotland Office of producing the 2004 Annual Report was £4,119. The number of copies printed for the Office was 150 and the report is also available on the Scotland Office website. Copies of the report were provided to the Scottish Affairs Committee, other Government Departments and for use within the Office.

Other costs of printing and publication were met directly by the publisher, The Stationery Office Limited (TSO), and did not fall to the Government. TSO recoups these costs through sales and uses its commercial judgment as to the number of copies printed. TSO printed 550 copies of the report for their own use. As the report has only recently been published, TSO are not yet able to provide figures on sales.