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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information’s Public Relations Framework in each of the last 36 months. (222110)

The information is as follows:

(a) The Department for International Development (DFID) has issued two contracts using the Central Office of Information’s Public Relations Framework in the last 36 months:

1. In financial year 2005-06, DFID used Weber Shandwick Worldwide to provide support and deliver public relations support (in the UK and Asia, specifically India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal) to the Asia 2015 conference at a cost of £173,547.71 + VAT. The Asia 2015 conference, held in London on 6-7 March 2006 brought together key decision-makers from Asia and across the world to learn from Asia’s success, and to identify future challenges and solutions.

2. In financial year 2007-08, DFID used Munro and Forster Communications Ltd. to develop and deliver public relations support for its caring consumer campaign at a cost of £84,961.59 +VAT.

(b) DFID does not have agencies.