asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why the SDA put out to private PR consultants the arranging of the ceremony of the declaration of continuing commitment to the east end of Glasgow. and what was the total cost of the event.
[pursuant to his reply, 23 March 1987, c. 28]: I understand that the agency took this managerial decision because, at the time the requirements for the event were being identified, the agency's public relations department was understaffed owing to unfilled vacancies. The cost to the agency of the event is likely to be in the region of £13,000. I am unable to comment on any costs incurred by other participating bodies.