asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the price of the Official Report.
Hansard prices were last increased in July 1980 and, as production costs and overheads have continued to rise, it is now necessary to increase the price of the Daily Edition from 80p to £1·00 and the Weekly Edition from £2·20 to £2·75. There will be corresponding increases in the prices of indexes, Standing Committee debates, bound volumes and subscription rates. The scale of charges for reprints of Members' speeches appearing in the Official Report will also be raised. The revised prices will come into effect as soon as possible but annual subscriptions immediately become renewable at the new rates. Despite these increases Hansard will still need a substantial subsidy.