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Departmental Publications

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much it cost to produce each of his Department's publications in each of the last three years. (280769)

The Ministry of Justice and its executive agencies produce a wide range of internal and external publications each year, including annual reports and consultation papers, public information material for the public and ministerial vision statements. External publications can be found on the Ministry's website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications.htm

It is not possible to identify expenditure on all types of publications without incurring disproportionate cost as this would involve examination of a large number of transactions across a range of accounting categories. The following figures, though not comprehensive, reflect the majority of expenditure incurred by the Ministry and its executive agencies on external publications:

£

2008-09

Ministry of Justice HQ

623,061

HM Courts Service

95,491

Tribunals Service

49,316

Office of the Public Guardian

150,994

The National Offender Management Service

30,331

Total

949,193

2007-08

Ministry of Justice HQ

457,954

HM Courts Service

131,676

Tribunals Service

53,100

Office of the Public Guardian

307,650

The National Offender Management Service

21,777

Office of the Criminal Justice Reform

176,311

Total

1,148,469

The Ministry's predecessor Department, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA), which excluded the National Offender Management Service and the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, incurred the following expenditure on publications:

£

2006-07

DCA HQ

837,544

HM Courts Service

161,260

Tribunals Service

125,554

Office of the Public Guardian

67,576

Total

1,191,934

The Ministry has a contract with TSO to supply the Department with a large proportion of external publications. The figures quoted above for the Ministry of Justice HQ, HM Courts Service and Tribunals Service figures represent expenditure with TSO only. The Ministry's publications via TSO can be found at:

http://www.tso.co.uk/about/whoAreWe/

The figures provided for the National Offender Management Service (including HM Prison Service and the 42 local probation boards) include publication expenditure for their business plans, annual reports and annual accounts only. To collate the expenditure for all NOMS agency publications would incur disproportionate cost.

The Office of the Public Guardian figures include both in-house and TSO expenditure.