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Departmental Leaflets

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of each public information leaflet issued by his Department. (195768)

We are arranging for copies of the current versions of all the Department’s public information leaflets to be placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on, (a) pensions-related, (b) retirement benefit and (c) other benefit-related leaflets in each of the last 10 years. (195771)

The Department for Work and Pensions began a complete review of all its public facing leaflets during 2006. This initiative has reduced the number of leaflets published by the Department from 178 in June 2006 to just 66 today.

The Department also procured, from July 2007, a single supplier for its print and associated services which, amongst other things, will enable us to capture the costs of producing material for the public in the future.

The review of all the Department’s leaflets, coupled with the change of supplier means that identifying and obtaining the costs of all the material published prior to July 2007 could be done only at disproportionate cost.