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European Community Membership (Referendum)

Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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asked the Lord President of the Council if he will list in the Official Report the 50 printing firms contracted to print material for the EEC referendum.

A total of 63 companies were awarded contracts for the printing of the EEC booklets. It would not be in the public interest to quote the names of the successful tenderers.

asked the Lord President of the Council how many printing firms are engaged in printing the pocket edition of the White Papers and other statements to be circulated to the electors in the referendum; what is the estimated cost; how many firms in Scotland have been selected; and what proportion of the total cost will be spent in Scotland, England and Wales, respectively.

A total of 63 companies were awarded contracts for the printing of EEC booklets. The estimated production cost is £1 million. Six Scottish printing companies have been awarded contracts for part of the total requirement. It is estimated that 7 per cent. of the total printing expenditure is being incurred in Scotland; 5 per cent. in Wales; and the remainder in England and Northern Ireland. Half the tonnage of paper required for the work was made in Scotland. Taking this into consideration the proportion of the total cost of production spent in Scotland is about 25 per cent.