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Press: Subscriptions

Defence written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Conservative, Finchley and Golders Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in the last 12 months.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) accesses a pan-Government framework contract for the purchase of print and electronic journals on subscription. The contract is primarily used to purchase academic, technical, medical and trade publications for the MOD colleges, training centres, technical information centres and medical units, including those in operational theatres. A small number of recreational titles are taken for use in personnel recovery centres. Expenditure under this contract is shown in the following table:

Financial year Expenditure (£)
2008-09 871,075
2009-10 864,923
2010-11 696,631
2011-12 668,583
2012-13 334,772

Figures for each individual year have been compiled using the same methodology which in some cases may differ to that given in answers to previous parliamentary questions on this subject.

Unit newspaper requirements tend to be fluid and subject to short-notice amendment. They are not therefore suitable for fixed-term subscription. MOD units may make their own supply arrangements with local distributors. Information on such arrangements is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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