The following totals have been identified as having been spent on public relations by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Financial year (FY) £ 2001-02 1,700 2002-03 18,825 2003-04 9,503 2004-05 8,534 2005-06 13,104
Financial year (FY)
The figures for FY 2006-07 are not available as the 2006-07 resource accounts are currently being audited by the National Audit Office.
The aforementioned figures are for expenditure explicitly identified, according to the FCO’s accounting systems, as public relations expenditure. Invoices charged to account codes for specific events or projects in these years are likely to have included public relations activities, but it is not possible to identify the public relations elements of this expenditure without incurring disproportionate cost.
In addition, the FCO Communication’s Directorate (including Press Office, Stakeholder Management and Public Diplomacy departments, for example) undertakes public relations work. It is not possible to identify this expenditure.