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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies 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. (222134)

The spend by the DWP and its agencies with the Central Office of Information through its Public Relations Framework for the past three years is detailed in the following table. The data are held on a project basis.

All services requested through COI are procured on an open tender basis with suppliers from their approved range of rosters, following standard procurement processes and in line with EU directives.

DWP Business Unit/Agency

PR Agency

Cost (£)

FY 2005-06

Jobcentre Plus

GCI

112

DWP Work and wellbeing PR

Fishburn Hedges

43

Jobcentre Plus corporate comms

Fishburn Hedges

300

Total

455

FY 2006-07

DWP Communications Corporate

Red Consultancy

34

Child Support Agency

Fishburn Hedges

54

Jobcentre Plus corporate comms

Fishburn Hedges

242

Total

330

FY 2007-08

DWP Communications Corporate

Manning Selvage and Lee

113

Jobcentre Plus corporate comms

Fishburn Hedges

326

Jobcentre Plus—Local Employment Partnership (LEP)

Fishburn Hedges

265

DWP Communications Corporate

Red

150

Total

854