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Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions since 1st January 1977 information has been prepared by his Department, at public expense, along the lines of the answer from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Official Report, 14th July 1978, column 802; what has been the total cost to publish funds; and if he will make this publicly financed information available to any hon. Member wishing to receive it, provided that they arrange to collect it.

The Department has prepared no such papers. However, a background brief was prepared in November 1977 for those members of the Labour Northern Ireland Group who were then visiting Northern Ireland. Its cost was minimal and I do not think the information, which was prepared for a particular visit, merits wider circulation.