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Departments: Publications

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which individuals and organisations his Department’s “Tomorrow’s Climate, Today’s Challenge” pack has been distributed; and what the cost of distributing the pack has been (a) in total, (b) for research, (c) in staff time and (d) for printing. (157981)

The “Tomorrow’s Climate, Today’s Challenge” (TCTC) pack, which was published on 4 June 2007, has been distributed to a very wide range of organisations. To date, DEFRA has distributed around 4,167 copies of the TCTC pack and will distribute the remaining 5,833 over the course of the year.

I have arranged for a list of the organisations which have been sent the TCTC pack to be placed in the Libraries of the House. Most of the organisations requested the pack and some organisations have been sent more than one copy.

The information the hon. Member requests regarding individuals has not been provided as disclosure of this information would constitute unfair and unlawful use of personal data.

The costs of distributing the pack (including VAT where applicable) are set out in the following table. They do not include figures for producing the content of the DVD included in the pack as this was part of a separate project.


(a) Cost of distributing in total

Estimated at 134,521

(b) Research2


(c) Staff time3

Estimated at 13,670

(d) Printing (10,000 copies)


1 Incl. estimated postage costs at £2,000 (£0.48 per pack—UK first class postage).

2 Research here is taken to mean design and gathering of information as no primary research was undertaken.

3 Excl. staff time at Central Office of Information who developed the pack. This is included in research costs.