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Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. Member wishing to receive it, provided that they arrange to collect it.

On two occasions, so far as I can recall, though no records of the practice are kept by my Department. The cost involved was minimal and, like my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, I see no reason to extend the circulation of information provided in this way.