The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not record expenditure on managing its corporate identity as an identifiable activity. This information could be obtained only by examining individual invoices and this could be done only at disproportionate cost. This also applies to the expenditure of the Department’s agencies, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services and Wilton Park.
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The last 12 month period for which figures are available is October 2006-07. Management of the DFID corporate identity is a minor, routine function of the campaigns and marketing team, with no staff or budget dedicated to this activity.
The only specific amount spent between October 2006-07 was £389.34, used to purchase the intellectual property rights for the DFID emergency aid logo.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not keep a central record of amounts spent on advertising. The information required to answer this question could be obtained only by requiring individual budget holders in the FCO to examine all invoices for the last 12 months. This would incur disproportionate cost.
Expenditure on recruitment advertising makes up a large part of the Department's overall expenditure on advertising. For details of expenditure on recruitment advertising in 2006-07, and preceding financial years, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashfield (Mr. Hoon), then Minister for Europe (Mr. Hoon) to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1605W.