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.
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
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
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).
|July 1997||127 pages
Sales for the 2000-01 volumes and the 2001-02 summary volumes
were as follows:
| ||Main Estimates
||Revised Estimates and Summer Supplementaries
||Not yet published|
Please let me know it there is any other information you
14 February 2002