Newspaper deliveries (2013)

Request

  1. I would like a list of the newspapers that the House of Commons is delivered daily, with the information split by title.
  2. I would like to know who has the contract for this service, when they gained this contract and for how long it lasts.
  3. I would like to know how much the House of Commons spends on newspapers and whether those delivered to MPs offices are charged to the Commons, Parliament or to the individual member.
  4. I would like to know which MPs get newspapers delivered to their offices and which newspaper or newspapers these are. 

 

Response

  1. I would like a list of the newspapers that the House of Commons is delivered daily, with the information split by title.

    A list of news papers delivered to the House of Commons (PDF PDF 222 KB). The titles and copies delivered vary on a daily basis and are dependent on the sittings of the House.  
    Newspapers are available to Members and others in:
    the Clerk and committee offices, libraries, the Lady Members’ rooms, the media service, 1 Parliament St reception, Portcullis House reception and Members’ Centre, Norman Shaw North reception, the Serjeant at Arms Office, the Smoking Room (the name is historic, no smoking is permitted), the Speaker and Deputy Speaker’s Offices, the Tea Room and the Whips’ Offices (Government and Opposition).
  2. I would like to know who has the contract for this service, when they gained this contract and for how long it lasts.

    The contract for the supply of newspapers was awarded to Jones Yarrell Leadenhall in March 2012 and commenced from 1st April 2012.  The contract was let for three years, with an option to extend by two further years to a maximum of five years.
    Published details on the contract award notice are available from the Tenders Electronic Daily Website.
  3. I would like to know how much the House of Commons spends on newspapers and whether those delivered to MPs offices are charged to the Commons, Parliament or to the individual member.

    In 2012/13 the House of Commons spent £115,582 on newspapers.  The House of Commons does not deliver newspapers to MP offices however Members can make their own individual arrangements.
    Details of Members expenses claims which may include newspapers, submitted since May 2010, are held by theIndependent Parliamentary Standards Authority.  
  4. I would like to know which MPs get newspapers delivered to their offices and which newspaper or newspapers these are. 

    Individual Members make their own arrangements for any newspapers they require for their personal use.  These do not form part of the House of Commons contract and no information is held on these.
    Details of Members expenses claims which may include newspapers, submitted since May 2010, are held by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.