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Departmental Journals

Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what house journals 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 public funds per annum.

The Department publishes one house journal "New Window". This is published monthly. Its function is to keep staff in touch with the work of the Department, and to provide information about people and events. There are four staff. 16,000 copies are sold monthly to members of staff at headquarters, regional and local offices, and to retired members. The total cost of production, including salaries of staff, for the financial year 1978–79 was approximately £38,000 after the deduction of about £10,000 received from the sale of copies and advertisements.The Department publishes a number of other periodicals, mainly of a professional nature, which do not fall within the definition of house journals.