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Printing And Publishing Contracts

Volume 25: debated on Friday 18 June 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what proportion of the printing and publishing work in the Welsh language commissioned by his Department is done by firms or organisations outside Wales under contract to his Department;(2) whether he will ensure that, save in the most exceptional circumstances, all printing and publishing work in the Welsh language commissioned by his Department is done by firms located, or based, within the Principality;(3) whether he will ensure that all printing and publishing work commissioned by his Department, and, in particular, that in the Welsh language, should, as far as possible, be spread among firms throughout the Principality and not, as at present, concentrated very largely in Cardiff.

Precise information is not easily obtainable but virtually all Welsh Office printing work placed with the trade is handled by Her Majesty's Stationery Office whose policy it is to use firms based in Wales providing they can meet quality and service requirements at prices considered to be reasonable.Publishing work is in all cases undertaken by Her Majesty's Stationery Office or by the Welsh Office.