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Press Releases

Volume 301: debated on Friday 21 November 1997

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is his policy in respect of the faxing of press releases on the day of release to Opposition party spokesmen; what changes have been introduced since 1 May; and if he will make a statement. [16287]

My Department does not automatically fax press releases to Opposition party spokesmen on the day of release. Departmental press releases are transmitted electronically by the Central Office of Information to both Houses at the same time as they are issued to the media and can be accessed by all Peers and Members of Parliament, including Opposition party spokesmen, via the Parliamentary On Line Information System (POLIS). No changes have been introduced since 1 May.