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Public Relations

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on public relations advice in the past five years. [93866]

The total expenditure by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on public relations work in the past five years is:

£ including VAT
2002–03360,899,46
2001–02815,842
2000–01347,857
1999–2000nil
1998–9959,337
This includes advice, design, branding, development and implementation of PR campaigns. It would take disproportionate costs to establish the element of this that was purely advice.The bulk of the funding for 2001–02 and 2002–03 relates to the "Know Before You Go" public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging UK travellers to be better prepared when travelling overseas.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public relations companies his Department is consulting. [93867]

The FCO's "Know Before You Go" campaign is managed by a firm of London-based communications consultants: Biss Lancaster Euro RSCG.