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Departmental Information

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy 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 public funds; and if he will make this publicly financed information available to any hon. Members wishing to receive it, provided that they arrange to collect it.

Unclassified information is regularly sought by MP's and others about the work of the Department, and the Department frequently provides briefs for various purposes. Any MP who wishes to avail himself or herself of these facilities should approach a Minister of the Department in the normal way. The cost of this service cannot easily be separated from the normal budget of the Department, which has followed a very open information policy.