§ Mrs. Winifred Ewing
asked the Lord President of the Council what has been the total cost of publicity incurred by his Department in the years 1973, 1974 and 1975; and what is the estimate for 1976, broken down into relevant headings.
§ Mr. Edward Short
No expenditure was incurred for publicity by the Privy Council Office in the years 1973–74 and 1974–75. In 1975–76 £43,000 was spent on the printing and distributing of the popular version of the White Paper on Devolution (Cmmnd) 6348) and £31,600 on associated advertising.
Because of my responsibilties for the co-ordination of Government information I am replying also in respect of the following expenditure during 1975–76:
- (a) In the period before the referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Community £253,200 was spent on advertising and £2,136,400 on the popular version of the White Paper (Cmnd 6003).
- (b) In the course of the counter-inflation publicity campaign, £655,000 has been spent on advertising and £850,000 on printing and distributing the short version of the White Paper "The Attack on Inflation" (Cmnd 6151). These figures exclude publicity for the selective price restraint scheme, details of which were given by my hon. Friend on 16th and 24th February.—[Vol. 905, c. 504; Vol. 906, c. 121.]