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European Union

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) polling in the UK on EU-related issues and (b) publications and advertising relating to the EU in each of the last 11 years. (175438)

The spend in each financial year from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) EU Directorate budget codes related to EU communications in the UK are in the following table.

£

1997-98

113,500

1998-99

n/a

1999-2000

102,574

2000-01

258,000

2001-02

246,819

2002-03

167,891

2003-04

604,730

2004-05

400,499

2005-062

274,274

2006-07

200,00

April to December 2007

43,320

n/a= Not available. 1 Excluding EU presidency EU communications. Figures not available. 2 Plus 434,233 EU presidency public diplomacy.

In line with the FCO's public service agreement, FCO spending on EU communications covers a wide range of projects to raise awareness and debate on EU issues, such as: the europe.gov.uk website, publications and public events on EU issues.

In terms of polling in the UK on EU-related issues, the FCO commissioned ICM in June 2004 to test the clarity of its Guide to the EU before publication at a cost of approximately £10,000.