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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (183166)

Expenditure outlined as follows is for outsourced public relations from financial years 2001-02 to 2006-07. Information related to contractual values prior to 2001 is held on legacy systems and is therefore not accessible.

Financial year

Annual expenditure (£)

Number of contracts let

2001-02

1,076,400

14

2002-03

1,320,000

16

2003-04

1,370,100

13

2004-05

1,125,700

16

2005-06

1,005,200

16

2006-07

1,859,700

17