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Publicity

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the latest figure for the estimated expenditure by his Department on press and public relations for (a) 1987–88 and (b) 1988–89.

Staff and associated costs of the Home Office press office in 1987–88 are estimated at £300,000. The estimated costs for 1988–89 will depend on the outcome of a review of the complement.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the latest figure for the estimated expenditure by the Metropolitan police on press and public relations for (a) 1987–88 and (b) 1988–89.

I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the latest estimate of staffing and accommodation costs of the directorate of public affairs and spending on recruitment and other advertising and other promotional literature for 1987–88 is £4,836,926. The level of expenditure for 1988–89 has not yet been decided.