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Social Science Research Council

Volume 893: debated on Monday 9 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many editions of the Social Science Research Council's Newsletter were published in 1974; how many so far in 1975; what is the current approximate total cost of production including payments to contributors or appropriate apportionments of the costs of their salaries or grants; what is the circulation of the Newsletter; and for what purposes it is used.

Five issues of the Newsletter were published in 1974: there have so far been two in 1975. The approximate total cost of production in 1974 was £11,000, including printing, despatch and full staff costs. Contributors are not paid by the council, and there is no identifiable charge against other public funds.The average circulation of the Newsletter is 9,500—about 8,500 in the United Kingdom and 1,000 overseas. It contains lists of the council's research and training awards, describes reports resulting from grants, selected research projects supported by the council and discussion articles on research policy and practice It thus helps to carry out one of the council's charter responsibilities,

"to disseminate knowledge concerning the social sciences".