Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Newspaper Press

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on purchasing (a) national newspapers and (b) newspaper online subscriptions since 2016; and how many copies of each national newspaper were purchased in that time period.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office spent a total of £725,286 on newspapers supplied centrally in financial years 2016-17 to 2018-2019 for FCO staff in the United Kingdom and its diplomatic missions overseas. £617,911 of this was spent on online/electronic newspaper subscriptions which are made available digitally to all staff and £29,658 on print copies for use by its departments in London. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office purchases these through pan-government frameworks and contracts and encourages staff to use newspapers digitally wherever possible in order to ensure efficiency savings. The remaining amount of £77,717 was spent locally by overseas diplomatic missions over the three financial years.

FY 16-17

FY 17-18

FY 18-19

Total FCO spend on newspapers

£270,820

£312,394

£142,072*

FY 16-17

FY 17-18

FY 18-19

Spend on online/electronic newspaper subscriptions provided centrally for access by all FCO staff

£232,527

£285,118

£100,266*

Spend locally by overseas diplomatic missions

£29,813

£17,213

£30,693

* In this financial year the FCO made adjustments to record spending on annual subscriptions according to the proportion actually spent within the same financial year. In many cases that total spend is now spread over more than one financial year.

Titles and number of daily copies of print national newspapers delivered under contract to FCO London

Newspaper title**

FY 16-17

FY 17-18

FY 18-19

Daily Express

3 copies

2 copies

1 copy

Daily Express Sat

3 copies

2 copies

1 copy

Daily Mail

4 copies

5 copies

8 copies

Daily Mail Sat

3 copies

2 copies

1 copy

Daily Mirror

3 copies

3 copies

2 copies

Daily Mirror Sat

3 copies

3 copies

2 copies

Daily Telegraph

9 copies

12 copies

10 copies

Daily Telegraph Sat

2 copies

3 copies

2 copies

Financial Times

4 copies

5 copies

3 copies

Financial Times Sat

3 copies

3 copies

2 copies

Guardian

7 copies

6 copies

10 copies

Guardian Sat

3 copies

2 copies

2 copies

i-Newspaper

3 copies

3 copies

2 copies

Mail on Sunday

3 copies

3 copies

1 copy

Observer

3 copies

2 copies

2 copies

Sun

6 copies

5 copies

6 copies

Sun Sat

2 copies

2 copies

2 copies

Sunday Express

2 copies

2 copies

2 copies

Sunday Mirror

2 copies

3 copies

2 copies

Sunday People

2 copies

3 copies

2 copies

Sunday Telegraph

2 copies

2 copies

2 copies

Sunday Times

3 copies

5 copies

2 copies

Sun on Sunday

2 copies

3 copies

2 copies

Times

13 copies

16 copies

24 copies

Times Sat

3 copies

5 copies

4 copies

**Non-UK national newspaper titles to the value of £28 over the three financial years above have been omitted

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