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Business Statement

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) Ministers, (b) hon. Members, (c) staff of hon. Members, (d) Members of the House of Lords, (e) officials in Government Departments and (f) members of the public receive his office’s weekly business statement by e-mail; how much it costs per week to (i) prepare and (ii) distribute, broken down into (A) officials’ time and (B) other costs; if he will place a copy of each edition from this Session in the Library; and if he will make a statement. (82467)

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