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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many external contracts her Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was. (183165)

Government policies and programmes affect the lives of millions of people, and in order for them to work they must be communicated effectively. The Home Office communicates directly to the public through individual campaigns that provide advice, information and reassurance. These campaigns are often supported by paid-for PR activity which is essential to ensure broader reach of our target audiences.

The following information details the number, nature and cost of PR contracts for the last five years (not including the current financial year). The costs include resources required to generate PR and any necessary supporting materials. Collating information for the last 10 years would incur disproportionate costs in terms of staff time.

Nature of PR contract

Cost (£)

2002-03

Contracts (Number)

4

Total cost

257,484

Drugs Misuse

79,219

Criminal Justice

36,900

Mobile Phone Safety

44,190

Child Protection on the Internet

97,175

2003-04

Contracts (Number)

5

Total cost

975,909

Holocaust Memorial Day

44,142

Security Industry Authority

150,573

Domestic Violence

75,000

Sexual Offences Act

56,465

Citizenship

650,729

2004-05

Contracts (Number)

13

Total cost

3,037,320

Mobile Phone Safety

44,190

Acquisitive Crime Reduction

260,373.99

Antisocial Behaviour

646,570

Sexual Offences Act

128,359

Criminal Justice

982,410

Domestic Violence

75,000

Year of the Volunteer

210,789.95

Police—High Potential Development

62,760

Alcohol and Violent Crime

501,692

Drugs

71,239

Communities

18,412

Familial Homicide

4,940

Holocaust Memorial Day

30,586

2005-06

Contracts (Number)

7

Total cost

1,377,633

Antisocial Behaviour

363,040

Criminal Justice

265,780

Year of the Volunteer

74,027

Police—High Potential Development

41,400

Community Support Officers Recruitment

2,380

Tackling Violent Crime

156,620

Drugs

474,386

2006-07

Contracts (Number)

7

Total cost

975,301

Criminal Justice

174,473

Community Sentences

193,181

Drugs

374,666

Single Non Emergency Number Pilots

29,186

Community Support Officers Recruitment

113,511

Police—High Potential Development

28,716

Respect

61,568