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Departmental Press

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months. (215212)

The Ministry of Defence has a central enabling contract with a journal supplier which all staff are encouraged to use to purchase discounted subscriptions to non-recreational periodicals in order to achieve best value for money. The contract is open to all MOD units, civilian and military, worldwide. It is primarily used for the purchase of medical, technical and academic journals in support of military health care, the equipment programme and education and training. Expenditure under the contract for the period June 2006 to May 2008 is shown in the following table:

Month

Expenditure (£)

2006

June

16,900

July

13,167

August

7,130

September

36,572

October

1233,66

November

64,248

December

1329,737

2007

January

61,683

February

32,829

March

28,053

April

59,569

May

62,797

June

17,288

July

1270,089

August

10,861

September

38,019

October

1180,107

November

25,091

December

33,859

2008

January

12,847

February

1371,188

March

76,095

April

7,059

May

74,847

1 Units may choose to pay by monthly or annual payment. Annual payments account for periodic cost variations.

As use of the contract is not compulsory, some units may be using alternative suppliers. Information on expenditure under such local arrangements is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.