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Departments: Press

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 530W, on Departments: Press, how orders for newspapers and periodicals subscribed to by the (a) Cabinet Office and (b) Prime Minister's offices are (i) authorised and (ii) placed. (160290)

The Prime Minister's office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office and therefore the answer provided is for the whole of the Cabinet Office including the Prime Minister's office.

Orders for newspapers and periodicals subscribed to by the Cabinet Office are authorised only by those members of senior management who have received the appropriate level of financial delegated authority. This is in accordance with Cabinet Office rules on procurement.

Orders for newspapers and periodicals can be placed; either through the HM Treasury and Cabinet Office library, via direct subscription to the publisher, or purchased on an ad hoc basis from a suitable supplier.