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Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of the press offices of (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies were in each year since 1996-97; what the cost was in each quarter since 1st April 2007; and if she will make a statement. (189669)

The Department was established in 2006. The pay costs for the Department’s press office in 2006-07 were £1,108,068.75.

For costs of the press office in our predecessor department, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 20 July 2005, Official Report, column 1772W, to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow).

Information on agencies and non-departmental bodies is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.