Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please advise cost of producing Veterans World:-
1.Total staff costs
2.All office costs
3.Printing and publishing costs
4 Distribution costs
5 Any and all analogous costs.

Yours faithfully,
Clive read

SPVA-DCS-Sec Dj(Best, Craig), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Read,

 

Please find attached a response to your FOI request of 28 September
regarding the Veterans World magazine.

 

Kind Regards

 

Craig Best

SPVA Secretariat

Norcross, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY5 3WP

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Dear SPVA-DCS-Sec Dj(Best, Craig),

The three main,subsidised, service magazines are analagous in that they feature veterans alongside those serving.

Perhaps you will advise the total cost of all subsidised service magazines please.

Clive

SPVA-DCS-Sec Dj(Best, Craig), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Reid,

Could you please clarify which three service magazines you would like the costings for.

Kind Regards

Craig Best
SPVA Secretariat
Norcross, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY5 3WP
Tel: 01253 333026, Fax: 01253 338661
E-mail: [email address]

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Dear SPVA-DCS-Sec Dj(Best, Craig),The three principoal ones-Navy Army and Airforce together with ancilliary RM SAS etc if they are state subsidised

Yours sincerely,

margaret

Dear SPVA-DCS-Sec Dj(Best, Craig),
All service magazines that are subsidised by the State please

Yours sincerely,

margaret

Dear SPVA-DCS-Sec Dj(Best, Craig),You are now in breach of the law. Please advise reason

Yours sincerely,

margaret and Clive

SPVA-DCS-Sec Dj(Best, Craig), Ministry of Defence

Dear Margaret and Clive,

The SPVA were unable to answer your FOI request, as we as an organisation are not responsible for the Single Service Magazines, therefore you request has been passed to the appropriate department to provide you with a response.

I have contacted the department and they will forward your response with an explanation within the next few days.

Kind Regards

Craig Best
SPVA Secretariat
Norcross, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY5 3WP
E-mail: [email address]

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DMC-Parliamentary Business (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Read

Thank you for your email of 18 October, I apologise for the delayed
response.  Your request has been considered to be a request for
information in accordance with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. 
You initially asked:

The three main,subsidised, service magazines are analagous in that they
feature veterans alongside those serving. Perhaps you will advise the
total cost of all subsidised service magazines please.

Following discussion with FOI officers at SPVA you clarified your question
on 23 October to refer to:

All service magazines that are subsidised by the State please

A central audit and cost savings exercise was conducted in 2010 into the
costs of magazines and newsletters that are subsidised by the Ministry of
Defence.  It identified all publications where duties to produce the
publication made up 50% or more of a Defence employee’s full time job. 
The results of this survey have been used to form this response.  The
annual cost of all publications intended to be read by Service or MOD
civilians audiences were as follows:

Total (net) external production costs: £236,329

Total staff costs: £1,962,093

Total costs: £2,198,422

The net figure given above indicates the final cost to the taxpayer after
any incomes generated have been deducted – for example advertising
income.  The figures encompass a range of magazines aimed at the hugely
diverse population of Service personnel from all three Services and MOD
civilian workers including those serving on operations, those based in
Germany and Cyprus (and their families), Gurkhas, specialist trades,
cadets and reservists. Each magazine aims to ensure that its audience is
kept up to date with developments and news from their Service and across
Defence whilst also contributing to maintaining morale and the fighting
capability of our Armed Forces' personnel.

The magazines included in the cost figures range from simple newsletters
published on an annual basis to comprehensive Service magazines such as
Navy News, Soldier (British Army) and RAF News.

 

If you are not satisfied with this response or you wish to complain about
any aspect of the handling of your request, then you should contact me in
the first instance. If informal resolution is not possible and you are
still dissatisfied then you may apply for an independent internal review
by contacting the Head of Corporate Information, 6th Floor, MOD Main
Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail [1][email address]). Please note
that any request for an internal review must be made within 40 working
days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution has
come to an end.

If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take your
complaint to the Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section
50 of the Freedom of Information Act. Please note that the Information
Commissioner will not investigate your case until the MOD internal review
process has been completed. Further details of the role and powers of the
Information Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner's website,
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk.

I hope you find this response helpful.

Directorate Media and Communication

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