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Volume 164: debated on Friday 12 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what criteria he uses to decide when to publish a report commissioned by his Department (a) through Her Majesty's Stationery Office and (b) by placing a single copy in the Library.

Each case is considered on its merits. The factors involved also include an assessment of the likely public interest, the cost of publication and whether the report concerned should be priced or unpriced.