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Departments: Publicity

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies in each of the last five years; and what the cost of these services was. (139429)

Communities and Local Government was created on 5 May 2006. Under the terms of the Department's framework agreement for the supply of advertising services, Communities and Local Government does not commission consultancy services from advertising agencies.

Wider consulting projects with other organisations may influence some advertising campaigns, but it is not possible to separate out the costs which apply to advertising. COI Strategic Consultancy is the only organisation to have directly provided consultancy services to the Department for advertising campaigns. The cost of these services in the Financial Year 2006-07 was £47,298. COI Strategic Consultancy has not done any work for the Department this financial year.

Figures for the Department's agencies are not held centrally and could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.