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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) her 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. (222039)

The following table lists Home Office spend on external public relations agencies accessed through the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework over the last three years:

Agency

Cost (£)

2005-06

Band & Brown Communications

100,330.00

Blue Rubicon Ltd.

40,000.00

Fishburn Hedges

253,100.48

Good Relations Ltd.

177,472.61

Grayling UK Ltd.

94,036.02

Harrison Cowley

340,971.07

The Forster Company

473,514.93

The Red Consultancy Ltd.

273,263.06

Total

1,752,688.17

2006-07

Band & Brown Communications

29,186.20

Blue Rubicon Ltd.

144,606.93

Cutler Vick Communications

26,514.50

Harrison Cowley

59,303.25

The Forster Company

338,309.70

The Red Consultancy Ltd.

258,490.61

Total

856,411.19

2007-08

The Forster Company

290,583.74

Total

290,583.74

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many staff in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have been seconded to public relations or public affairs firms or consultancies in each of the last five years; (222210)

(2) how many staff from public relations or public affairs firms or consultancies were seconded to (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

The information requested is not collated or held centrally by the Home Office or its agencies, and, where available, could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.