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Ministerial Correspondence (Costs)

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is the cost of sending hon. Members a photocopy of a ministerial reply; and what is the cost of sending a carbon copy of a ministerial reply, respectively.

Although there is evidence that very small numbers of carbon copies can be produced more cheaply than photocopies the difference is very small.Procedures and facilities differ between one Minister's office and another; copying cost is not, therefore, the controlling factor in providing hon. Members with copies of a ministerial reply. Factors such as the speed of reply are equally important.