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Departmental Press

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the communications and press budget for her Department has been in each year since its establishment. (215742)

[holding answer 2 July 2008]: The Department was established in 2006. The pay budget for the Department's Communications Directorate is as follows:

Financial year

£

2006-07

3,328,565

2007/08

3,601,646

This includes press office costs of £1,465,772 in financial year 2007-08.

For the press office element of the overall budget in previous years, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 717W.