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Departmental Publications

Volume 493: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what booklets have been produced for publication by the Wales Office since 1 January 2005; and what the (a) print run, (b) production cost, (c) distribution costs and (d) cover price was of each such booklet. (278392)

Since January 2005 the Wales Office has published two booklets for public distribution. These were in addition to parliamentary papers.

The first booklet from March 2007 was produced to mark the 200 year anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade Act and was entitled Slavery and Wales with a print run of 12,000 at a cost of £3,925. These booklets were sent to Welsh MPs, Lords with Welsh interests, Assembly members, all primary and secondary schools in Wales, all libraries in Wales, all National Trust sites in Wales, the Waterfront Museum, the Paul Robeson Trust and local history groups. There was no cover charge.

The second booklet from May 2009 entitled Real Help for Wales Now provides a guide to the UK Government and Welsh Assembly Government initiatives available to help businesses and people through the recession. It had a print run of 2,000 at a cost of £3,444. These booklets were distributed to all Welsh MPs and Assembly members, all Welsh local authorities and Jobcentre Plus in Cardiff. Copies were also provided when meeting with businesses throughout Wales and to attendees at economic summits. Again there was no cover charge.