Select Committee on Treasury Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 5

Further memorandum submitted by HM Treasury

  I am sorry that you have not had an earlier reply to your letter of 10 January seeking further information in connection with the departmental reports review.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS—PRICING POLICY

  Differences in the cover prices of departmental reports have been the product of a number of factors, in addition to length, use of colour and so on.

  Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) has agreed a new contract with The Stationery Office (TSO) for printing and publication of Command Papers, including departmental reports. The new contract takes a fresh approach to pricing, looking at each title individually rather than by adopting a global approach, whereby the cost of some publications was subsidised by other titles.

  This provides for a greater transparency, and charges to departments will more accurately reflect the true cost of publication, thus encouraging them to be more proactive in ensuring best value for money. Cover prices are now standardised according to a scale of charges and a standard specification and will no longer reflect additional costs arising from special requirements which departments may have, and for which departments themselves will now be expected to cover the costs. HMSO will be closely monitoring contract performance.

  The guidance issued on departmental reports reminds departments of the need to be satisfied that value for money is being secured before opting for publication other than via TSO.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND BUDGET REPORTS, 1990-2001

  The following table summarises the length and price of the Budget Red Book over the past 10 years. Note that, for recent years, the comparison covers the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report as well as the Financial Statement and Budget Report (both of which are contained within the main Budget document).

Year
Length
Cover Price
2001
EFSR—132 pages
FSBR—93 pages
£40
2000
EFSR—136 pages
FSBR—92 pages
£35
1999
EFSR—126 pages
FSBR—63 pages
£28
1998
165 pages
£22
July 1997
127 pages
£16.50
1996-97
152 pages
£17
1995-96
144 pages
£15.50
1994-95
143 pages
£15.50
1993-94
93 pages
£10
1992-93
79 pages
£9.65
1991-92
80 pages
£9.25
1990-91
87 pages
£8.50

ESTIMATES VOLUMES

  Sales for the 2000-01 volumes and the 2001-02 summary volumes were as follows:

  
Main Estimates
Revised Estimates and Summer Supplementaries
Winter Supplementaries
Spring Supplementaries
2000-01 volumes
1,049
740
696
679
2001-02 summary
volumes
236
280
122
Not yet published


  Please let me know it there is any other information you require.

14 February 2002


 
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