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Departments: Public Relations

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much money her Department plans to spend in the 2007-08 financial year on public relations. (141793)

The Ministry of Justice was created on 9 May 2007. Its planned expenditure on public relations through external public relations companies from 9 May 2007 is:

£25,000 to increase the public's understanding of the work of courts and their role in the justice system;

£50,000 to increase public awareness of the new Mental Capacity Act 2005;

£12,500 for a public awareness campaign about the legal status of cohabitation;

£12,500 to publicise the Family Mediation Helpline;

£55,000 for a public awareness campaign on human rights.

The Ministry's press office also undertakes proactive public relations activity as part of its wider media relations remit, but this activity cannot be costed out separately.