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Benefits (Publicity Costs)

Volume 893: debated on Monday 16 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total cost of supplying information to the public about social security benefits during 1974; and if she will publish details of the amount spent according to information media used.

During the financial year 1974–75 the Department spent £308,000 on advertising social security benefits. The amounts were: Press, £240,000; television, £66,000; radio, £2,000. The information on costs of printing and distribution of leaflets and benefits is not readily available and could not be obtained without a disproportionate amount of time and expenditure.