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"Consumer Information Bulletin"

Volume 927: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what is the target audience for his Department's "Consumer Information Bulletin".

The target audience is those working in the field of consumer advice and opinion formers and commentators who are in a position to communicate to individuals with particular problems, factual information about the statutory protection available to help them and what steps they should take to make use of it.

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will list in the Official Report the number of copies of each respective issue of his Department's "Consumer Information Bulletin" that have been distributed.

Figures for the first 12 issues are not available, but the first issue dated January-February 1973 is known to have been about 1,800 copies, and the circulation has increased steadily. Figures for the issues since January-February 1975 are as follows:

Issue No.Copies
January-February 1975135,500
March-April145,500
May155,500
July-August165,500
September177,000
October 188,000
November198,000
December208,000
January 1976218,500
February-March228,500
April-May238,500
June248,750
July258,800
August268,800
September278,800
October289,300
November299,300
December309,300
January 1977319,600

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what persons and groups are automatically circulated with his Department's "Consumer Information Bulletin".

The bulletin circulation list has been built up mainly in response to requests over the four years since its inception. The list now includes consumer advice centres, citizens' advice bureaux, national consumer groups, consumer journalists, trade union journals, the legal and social studies departments of various universities and colleges, and lecturers and advisers in home economics as well as international consumer experts and organisations.

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what has been the cost of producing each respective issue of his Department's "Consumer Information Bulletin".

Since the editor, the typists and those who handle the printing and distribution do not work full time on the bulletin, it would require a disproportionate amount of time and effort to estimate the staff costs involved. But for the two most recent issues the cost of printing alone was £620 for No. 30, December 1976, and £785 for No. 31, January 1977.

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection how many issues of the "Consumer Information Bulletin" his Department intend to produce during 1977.

The bulletin is normally issued monthly and there are expected to be 10–12 issues in 1977.

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection who is responsible for planning and editing his Department's "Consumer Protection Bulletin".

The "Consumer Information Bulletin" is planned and edited by a single member of my Department's Information Branch, who undertakes this as one of her several duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will list in the Official Report the number of pages contained in each respective issue of his Department's "Consumer Information Bulletin".

As follows:

Pages
1January-February 19738
2March-April 19738
3May-June 19738
4August 197317
5November 19734
6January 19745
7April 197411
8June 197416
9July 197424
10August 197415
11October 197411
12December 197418
13January-February 197518
14March-April 197522
15May 197524
16July-August 197526
17September 197524
18October 197536
19November 197527
20December 197532
21January 197632
22February-March 197636
23April-May 197628
24June 197628
25July 197633
26August 197628
27September 197626
28October 197626
29November 197628
30December 197624
31January 197728

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what was the total cost of distributing issue No. 31 of his Department's "Consumer Information Bulletin".

Issue No. 31–9,600 copies—was distributed by post and by Government transport services. Some copies are sent in bulk, some singly. It would require a disproportionate amount of staff time to estimate the total cost, especially as some copies are distributed together with material from other Departments.

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Con-summer Protection how many members of his Department's staff were employed in producing the "Consumer Information Bulletin" (a) when the first issue was published and (b) when issue No. 31 was published.

The first issue of the Bulletin was published in 1973 before my Department was established. The first issue to be published after my Department was set up was dated April 1974. Then, as now, one member of my Department's Information Branch was in charge of editing the bulletin as one of her several duties.