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Document Costs

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was to his Department and its predecessor of publishing documents, brochures, leaflets and consultation papers in each of the last five years for which information is available. [111681]

The Department produces a number of different types of publications each year, for a variety of purposes. There are however, no central records of the costs of these. Many, but not all, such publications are handled through the Department's Publicity Division. The following figures show expenditure on design and print work placed by that Division:

£ million
1998–9910.8
1999–200012.8
2000–0111.2
2001–0212.3
2002–036.3
1 Expenditure from central budgets only—information on expenditure from individual programme budgets not available.
It should be noted that from 2002–03 an increasing proportion of such work is handled outside Publicity Division through a system of devolving non-priority work to individual policy teams.