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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper including online, advertorials and advertising features in the latest year for which figures are available. (114039)

DEFRA (excluding executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies) spent a total of £108,000 with The Guardian media group, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in financial year 2005-06. The majority of this expenditure was on advertising vacancies.

DEFRA also purchases some media space via media buying agencies. Some of the expenditure by these agencies may have been with The Guardian media group. A figure for this expenditure is not available.