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Departmental Annual Report

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many copies of her Department’s annual report (Cm 6820) were produced; at what cost; who was sent copies; at what cost; who was consulted on the text prior to publication; on what criteria the retail price was decided; and if she will make a statement. (77527)

My Department received 500 copies of the DCA departmental annual report under the terms of its contract with TSO, at a cost of £25,134 (including VAT). These were distributed free-of-charge to key stakeholders such as the judiciary, other Government Departments, magistrates, MPs and Lords, the legal profession, DCA Agencies and DCA staff. Approximately 300 of the copies were sent to external recipients via second-class post, at a total postage cost in the region of £588.

Key policy officials within DCA consulted with cross-criminal justice system partners (Home Office, CPS, Office for Criminal Justice Reform) and HM Treasury on the text and the final version approved by Ministers. The Stationery Office set the retail price of £20.50 for the report based upon their production costs for the report.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which official has lead responsibility for progress on each of the targets set out on pages 37 to 45 of the departmental annual report (Cm 6820); to whom each such official reports; what recent discussions she has had on implementation of each target; and if she will make a statement. (77528)

Ministers have regular meetings with officials to discuss progress in delivering key initiatives and targets. The structure of the Department for Constitutional Affairs is available on the Department’s website at www.dca.gov.uk and this site also outlines ministerial responsibilities and names senior officials. There is also an organisational chart on pages 138-39 of the departmental annual report.