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Departmental Publications

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1115-6W, on departmental publications, what the (a) budget and (b) staffing costs of the (i) Central Publications Team and (ii) Central Consultation Unit were in the last 12 months. (228705)

The information is as follows:

(i) The budget for this Department's Central Publications Team was £100,000 in 2007-08 and staffing costs were £75,838.

(ii) The budget for the Central Consultation Unit covers the staffing costs for the unit and the cost of maintaining the Department's on-line e-consultation system. In 2007-08 the staffing costs were £189,624 and the cost of the e-consultation system was £13,155.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which information and guidance documents his Department circulated to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in 2007. (228794)

The Department issued a fortnightly email to all schools in England in 2007 highlighting key information, including guidance and legislation. The Department only circulates documents to schools in exceptional cases, having stopped regular paper mailings in December 2004.