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Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the trends in spending on public information by (a) the UK Government and (b) the European Union in the last five years. [101088]

The UK Government have spent the following on advertising in the last five years.

Cash expenditurePrices in real terms1
1997–9860, 00065,800
1998–99106,000110, 600
1999–2000113, 500114,100
2001–02162, 600162,600
1 In real terms at 2001–02 prices based on advertising media inflation rates.



Advertising is used by Departments when they judge it is the most cost effective way of delivering the publicity necessary to support a policy or proposal. These figures represent the advertising commissioned on behalf of Departments and Agencies by the Central Office of Information. The EC budget finances a variety of EU information programmes, the funding amounts for which are decided on an annual basis by the budgetary authority.