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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was. (183193)

The following table provides details of the Northern Ireland Office’s expenditure on external contracts with public relations companies (excluding agencies and NDPBs) in each of the last 10 years and the number of contracts held in that time. The information provided is not centrally located. To provide information prior to 2002-03 would be possible only at disproportionate cost.

Number of public relations contracts

Value of contracts (£)

1998-99

n/a

n/a

1999-2000

n/a

n/a

2000-01

n/a

n/a

2001-02

n/a

n/a

2002-03

2

39,672

2003-04

4

160,397

2004-05

3

153,723

2005-06

2

91,858

2006-07

4

146,906

2007-08

3

121,504

Total

18

714,060

n/a = Not available