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Departments: Public Relations

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on public relations in each of the last five years. (139454)

I refer to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 1064W. The Treasury does not record public relations expenditure as a separate category but a check of supplier and expenditure records for the financial year 2006-07 has revealed no payments to suppliers that are known to be public relations companies. A more comprehensive answer could be provided only at disproportionate cost.