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Benefits (Publicity)

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much his Department has spent in the last 12 months on publicity for major social security benefits in (a) the national press, (b) the provincial press, (c) television, (d) radio and (e) elsewhere.

A total of £445,800 has been spent on publicity for major benefits. National press advertising accounts for £293,500, including expenditure in Scottish-based newspapers; television for £157,000; and radio for £200. Miscellaneous publicity costs, including posters, accounts for the remaining £5,100. These costs do not include expenditure on leaflets because of the difficulty in differentiating between "publicity" and "information".