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Public Relations

Volume 170: debated on Friday 30 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total expenditure by the Metropolitan police on press and public relations in 1979–80 and in each following year; and what is his latest estimate for the current year and budget for 1990–91.

[holding answer 12 March 1990]: I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that expenditure on staff and accommodation costs of the directorate of public affairs, and on recruitment and other advertising and other promotional literature, in each financial year from 1985–86, is as follows:

£
1985–863,622,861
1986–874,444,103
1987–884,555,000
1988–895,475,000
11989–905,508,000
21990–915,845,000
1 Estimated outturn.
2 Budget estimate.
Figures for 1979–80 to 1984–85 are not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.