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Publicity Campaigns

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2003, Official Report, column 1089W, if he will list the publicity campaigns which account for his Department's publicity expenditure in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and if he will make a statement. [98500]

Most of the expenditure listed in my answer of 31 January 2003, Official Report, column 1089W, is deployed in support of the FCO's efforts to promote greater understanding and awareness of the UK to overseas audiences, to project the UK's strengths and increase trade, inward investment, tourism and the influence of UK foreign policy. This includes expenditure on events, creative work, research and production of videos, leaflets and posters. Details of how each activity supports individual FCO objectives are not held centrally and these activities are not managed as separately identifiable publicity campaigns.An exception is the FCO's consular publicity campaigns, which are aimed at encouraging travellers to be better prepared before going overseas. These account for £1,141,459 in 2001–02 and £1,060,000 in 2002–03.