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Advertising Campaigns

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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:To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the publicity and advertising campaigns run by his Department since April 2002, specifying the (a) purpose, (b) cost to public funds, (c) number of staff involved and (d) method of evaluation in each case; and if he will make a statement. [124371]

:Information in the required format for all Departments for which the Chancellor has responsibility could be provided only at disproportionate cost. HM Treasury has conducted no such campaign since April 2002. Other Departments have carried out publicity campaigns in connection with, for example, their responsibilities for enforcing the law and assisting taxpayers with their obligations. Information about many such campaigns is included in the annual reports published by these Departments. Details were also provided in my answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 5 March 2003, Official Report, column 1062W. Planned expenditure for 2002–03 was provided in the Paymaster General's answer to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) on 18 June 2003, Official Report, column 232W.