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Volume 471: debated on Friday 1 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department's agencies spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in each year since 1997. (182441)

2007 was the first year that an MOJ Christmas card had been produced by our print room. Pursuant to PQ 176917, 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 136-37W, and PQ 171443, 10 December 2007, Official Report, columns 176-77W, 6,000 had been ordered at a cost of 34p each, totalling £2,040. These cards were not centrally funded, and each business area covered the costs of the cards they ordered from their stationery budgets.

Prior to 2007, cards were not centrally ordered or produced. The expenditure is not separately identifiable within the Department’s accounts and may be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

It is not possible to ascertain the specific postage costs relating to these Christmas cards, as all postage is accounted for as a whole, rather than broken down into separate components.

The Department has a general policy where all post is sent out second class unless it is stated otherwise.