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Departmental Publicity

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) different press releases were issued, (b) press conferences were held and (c) different documents or papers of information or publicity were issued by his Department in the past 12 months.

The following table shows the year on year percentage changes in the size of the inpatient and outpatient hospital waiting lists for all specialties in Wales during the period December 1979 to December 1984.

Over the 12 months ending 31 October 1985 my Department (a) issued 1,139 different press releases; (b) held regular press conferences, briefings and interviews; (c) issued 184 posters, leaflets and other printed material in both English and Welsh languages.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what was the cost to his Department of issuing press releases, holding press conferences and issuing documents or papers relating to information or publicity in the last 12 months for which figures are available;(2) in what form his Department keeps accounts of its expenditure on publicity; and by what means those accounts are published.

Records for these activities are not separated from overall publicity costs, and accounts of publicity expenditure are not published.