§ Mr. Alexander
asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much it cost to produce the document "Save and Recycle—Directory of Waste Collections" and "A Guide to Voluntary Waste Collection"; what check was made before names and addresses were given in the first one of these that they were willing to co-operate in the programme; and what evidence he has to indicate that the time, effort and expense involved in producing these brochures has been justified.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
The cost of producing the brochures, including reprints to date, was £5,210 and £14,989 respectively. I understand that the information in the Directory of Waste Collections dealing with voluntary organisations was published with the agreement of the organisations concerned. The information on local authority waste paper collections was based on an official survey in 1976–77. The directory is designed to inform interested people of waste collections in their area and helps both to stimulate public co-operation in such schemes and to avoid duplication. The original national edition is now being replaced by smaller regional editions, thus reducing costs. The guide to voluntary waste collection provides essential in formation and advice for organisations that are considering starting a waste collection. There has been a steady demand for copies of these publications which suggests that the cost of producing them has been justified.