HC Deb 19 May 1998 vol 312 cc348-9W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much has been spent in each of the last five years on the(a) printing, production and design and (b) distribution of his Department's publications for schools. [42700]

Mr. Byers

Total spending on education publicity for the Department is given in financial years. It is not possible to separate out sums spent on publications only or to separate the cost of distribution to schools. Publications are a basic part of all of the Department's publicity activities but on many occasions will also include some element of other types of media:

Year £ million
1993–94 10.1
1994–95 9.4
1995–96 5.4
1996–97 6.2
1997–98 14.5

In each of the five years, spending on the distribution of publications to a range of audiences including teachers and governors has remained at around £0.8 million.

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