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Newspaper Licensing Agency

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what payments (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each of the last 10 years. (315594)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) made the following payments to the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA). Records are not available for the period 2000-02.

Total cost including VAT (£)

2009-10

82,595

2008-09

33,185

2007-08

7,257

2006-07

2,402

2005-06

2,209

2004-05

2,239

2003-04

2,068

2002-03

1,779

Prior to 2007 the FCO had a paper cuttings service. When we moved to the more environmentally friendly digital service, the NLA increased its fee as the digital information can now be provided across the whole of the FCO's worldwide network rather than just in the UK.