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Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions his Department sponsored advertisements in national newspapers in the last three years; which newspapers were chosen for these campaigns; which local newspapers were used in these campaigns; and which newspaper publishing groups received payment for advertising space.

The diplomatic and aid wings of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have sponsored advertisements in national newspapers on 216 occasions during the three years to 31 March 1987. The majority of these advertisements were for recruitment purposes.

The national and local newspapers in which advertisements were placed during this period are:


  • The Daily Express
  • The Daily Mail
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Financial Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Independent
  • The Sun
  • The Observer
  • The Sunday Times


  • Adur Heral
  • Aylesbury and Wendover Times
  • Bedfordshire Times
  • Belfast Telegraph
  • Birmingham Evening Mail
  • Brighton Evening Argus
  • Buckingham Advertiser
  • Buckingham Herald
  • Bucks and Herts News
  • Citizen
  • Croydon Advertiser
  • Edinburgh Evening News
  • Glasgow Herald
  • Herald
  • Kent and Sussex Courier
  • Liverpool Echo
  • London Evening Standard
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Mid Sussex Times
  • Milton Keynes Gazette
  • Milton Keynes Mirror
  • Milton Keynes Standard
  • Newcastle Evening Chronicle
  • Newport Pagnell and Olney Standard
  • Northampton Chronicle and Echo
  • Post
  • Scotsman
  • South Wales Echo
  • Sussex Express and County Herald
  • West Sussex Gazette
  • Yorkshire Evening News

The following newspaper publishing groups received paid advertising space as a result of this newspaper advertising:

  • Associated Newspapers Group Plc.
  • Bedfordshire Times Group
  • Birmingham Post and Mail Ltd.
  • Bucks and Herts Newspaper Group
  • Chiltern Newspapers
  • Courier and Printing Publishing Company
  • Daily Telegraph Plc.
  • Croydon Advertising Group
  • EMAP Provincial News Ltd.
  • Fleet Holdings
  • George Outram and Company Ltd.
  • Guardian and Manchester Evening News Plc.
  • Herald Newspaper Group
  • Hillingdon and South Bucks Newspaper Group
  • International Thompson Organisation
  • Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Plc.
  • Lonrho Plc.
  • Mid Sussex Times Group
  • News Corporation
  • Newspaper Publishing Plc.
  • Pearson Plc.
  • Post Newspaper Group
  • United Newspaper Group
  • United Newspaper Plc.
  • Westminster Press Limited
  • Worthing Gazette and Herald Group