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Departmental Newspapers

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 7 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what newspapers are produced by his Department; what is their function; how many people they employ; to whom they are distributed; and what is the total cost to the public funds per annum.

My Department, in conjunction with the Department of Industry, publishes three periodicals, "British business", "Ti-Line" and "Coastguard"."British business" is the weekly news magazine of the two Departments. It includes news, industrial, technological, trade and export information and statistics, and has a readership in excess of 50,000 among senior businessmen both at home and overseas. It employs 15 staff. The total annual cost is £470,000, but this is generally offset by revenue from subscription and advertisement sales."Ti-Line" is the monthly staff newspaper of the Departments of Industry, Trade and Energy. It employs three staff. It is distributed to all 21,000 staff of the three Departments and the annual cost is £32,000.

"Coastguard" is the quarterly journal of Her Majesty's Coastguard Service, and circulates widely among coastguards, auxiliary coastguards, and both official and voluntary search and rescue organisations in Britain and overseas. There is one member of staff and the annual cost is £20,000.