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Jobcentre Plus: Fishburn Hedges

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payments (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) the Pension Protection Fund made to Fishburn Hedges in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (202271)

The information available with regard to spend with PR Agency Fishburn Hedges by (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) the Pension Protection Fund is as follows:

(a) The following table sets out the total payments made to Fishburn Hedges by Jobcentre Plus over the last five years. The payments were in respect of various customer focused programmes targeting specific groups such as lone parents or driving customer outcomes, for example through the Local Employment Partnership scheme.

April to March each year

£

2003-04

1

2004-05

1

2005-06

299,902

2006-07

188,000

2007-08

502,808

1 No contract or spend.

No further spend has been identified and a more detailed breakdown of the programmes would incur a disproportionate cost.

(b) The following table sets out the total payments made to Fishburn Hedges by the Pension Protection Fund over the last five years. The payments were in respect of strategic public affairs and communications advice, including advice on schemes entering compensation and the implementation of the Pension Protection Levies.

April to March each year

£

2003-04

1

2004-05

1

2005-06

127,215

2006-07

71,345

2007-08

25,780

1 No contract or spend.

No further spend has been identified and a more detailed breakdown of the programmes would incur a disproportionate cost.