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Learning and Skills Council: Weber Shandwick Public Affairs

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments the Learning and Skills Council made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; on what date; and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (202265)

The payments made by the Learning and Skills Council at this level of detail are not collected by my Department. This is an operational matter for the LSC as they determine any payments to local providers, partners and other organisations that are necessary to support the delivery of the Council’s key priorities and targets. Mark Haysom, the Council’s chief executive, has written to the hon. Member with further information and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 30 April 2008:

I refer to your recent parliamentary question relating to the above. I am replying as your question is about the Learning and Skills Council.

Your question asked the Secretary State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments the Learning and Skills Council have made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; on what date; and for what purpose the payment was made in each case.

Below is a table that gives the amounts paid in the last five years totalling £94,187.87:

Payment amount (£)

2006

8 February

5,892.63

1 March

5,892.63

3 July

22.09

17 July

8,465.88

19 July

6,303.88

14 August

7,164.56

11 October

8,136.88

13 November

32.43

11 December

4,003.81

2007

9 January

3,436.88

30 January

2,720.13

2 April

2,893.44

5 April

95.96

11 April

3,334.06

18 April

3,245.94

9 May

793.13

25 June

7,182.19

4 July

1,454.06,

11 July

4,230.00

23 August

4,861.56

20 September

2,350.00

24 October

1,615.63

7 November

1,101.56

19 November

1,380.63

28 November

953.85

5 December

925.31

2008

7 January

2,217.81

17 March

881.25

14 April

1,454.06

16 April

1,145.63

The LSC has engaged the firm in its capacity as a Public Affairs Consultant to provide strategic counsel to the LSC Public Affairs team. The payments were all for information on the public affairs and media arenas in relation to the education and skills sector.