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Press

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the press offices of (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies was in each year since 1996-97; what the cost was in each quarter since 1 April 2007; and if she will make a statement. (189648)

Media relations for the whole Department and agencies are handled by the Home Office, Communication Directorate based Press Office and in addition since May 2007 the Border Agency regional network of five Press officers.

The following table provides the total cost of providing these services each financial year from 1998-99 to 2006-07; total cost figures for 2007-08 are not yet available. Cost data for earlier years and for non-departmental public bodies, is not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

Financial year

Total cost (£)

1998-99

1,095,000

1999-2000

1,213,200

2000-01

2,184,200

2001-02

1,972,600

2002-03

3,109,449

2003-04

2,959,966

2004-05

2,777,578

2005-06

3,351,648

2006-07

3,238,534