The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has a central contract with Corporate Document Services (CDS) for the provision of printing services. The contract covers a range of printed material in both paper and other materials using all forms of printing methods and technology. The contract is the primary route for Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and other departmental printing requirements. The contract covers production of technical publications, periodicals, magazines, forms, business cards, CD/DVD duplication, signage, scanning and microfiche services and internet services. Each year around 70,000 printing orders including publications are placed through the CDS contract. Identifying the title of each publication would require line by line examination of records and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The former Central Office of Information (COI) also managed some printing activity in the past on the Department's behalf. These publications included Army and RAF recruitment activity involving the production of leaflets and posters.