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Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what are the reasons for the Central Office of Information's decision to recruit a private advertising firm to undertake a publicity campaign to promote the April 1991 census; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.The census offices have commissioned the Central Office of Information to assist them in a publicity campaign to create public awareness of the 1991 census. The Central Office of Information will be handling this work in the same way as it handles work for other Government Departments. The Central Office of Information will be appointing an advertising agency, as it does for all Government advertising campaigns.