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Departments: Publicity

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department’s projected spending is on advertising and promotional campaigns for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09, broken down by cost relating to (i) television, (ii) radio and (iii) print media. (155895)

The Ministry of Justice was created on 9 May 2007. It has no current plans for spending on advertising campaigns during 2007-08 so there are no costs relating to television, radio and print.

Its planned expenditure on integrated promotional campaigns through external public relations companies from 9 May 2007-31 March 2008 comprises:

£25,000 to increase understanding of the work of courts and their role in the justice system.

£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.

£40,000 for a public awareness campaign on community orders.

It is likely that the Ministry will spend money relating to the Governance of Britain programme during 2007-08/2008-09, but no decisions on resources for this and for advertising and promotion on other issues have yet been made.

The Office of the Public Guardian is mounting a campaign to increase public awareness of the Mental Capacity Act. The campaign will comprise media engagement using a public relations consultancy and will cost approximately £30,000.

Plans for advertising and promotion by the Ministry of Justice for 2008-09 are not yet advanced enough to indicate spend.