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Departments: Marketing

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the cost was of establishing his Department; and how much is accounted for by (a) relocation expenses and new building acquisition or rent and (b) branding expenses on (i) signs, (ii) stationery and (iii) departmental publications; (147876)

(2) how much has been spent on external consultancy fees involved in the (a) relocation and (b) branding of his Department, broken down by (i) company involved and (ii) services provided.

The Department has incurred no relocation costs to date. It will be locating the London-based aspects of the Department to Kingsgate house, Victoria street. Kingsgate house was already part of the Government estate.

We have used the in-house expertise of our executive agency the Intellectual Property Office for advice on branding of DIUS. Where necessary (for specific design work) they have used a specialist agency already on their roster, the cost of which was £12,041 excluding VAT. This cost is inclusive of design work completed for DIUS on signs and stationery.

To date the Department has incurred no external consultancy fees on relocation. The company involved in the consultancy for branding work was ‘Bell Design’ for graphic design services.