Newspaper Licensing Agency

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what payments ( a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) made the following payments to the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA). Records are not available for the period 2000-02.

Total cost including VAT (£)
2009-10 82,595
2008-09 33,185
2007-08 7,257
2006-07 2,402
2005-06 2,209
2004-05 2,239
2003-04 2,068
2002-03 1,779

Prior to 2007 the FCO had a paper cuttings service. When we moved to the more environmentally friendly digital service, the NLA increased its fee as the digital information can now be provided across the whole of the FCO's worldwide network rather than just in the UK.

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