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Departments: Public Relations

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by his Department on public relations in each of the last five years. (139428)

With regard to public relations expenditure incurred by Defra's Communications Directorate over the last five years, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for North Thanet (Mr. Gale) on 6 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1074-75W.

Further to this, in the financial year 2006/07 public relations expenditure for activity conducted via the Department's central Communications Directorate's procurement arrangements was as follows:



Cost (£)

Media Moguls

Personal Food Imports


Trimedia Harrison Cowley

Climate Change Radio Media



Sustainable Development


Weber Shandwick

Climate Change


Inclusion of non-centralised Defra spend, inclusive of agencies and NDPBs, would incur disproportionate cost.