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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08. (228153)

The information is as follows:

(a) The Department for International Development's (DFID) total spend on entertainment within administration cost budgets for 2007-08 was £271,587. This figure includes costs for working breakfasts and lunches, refreshments at meetings and official entertainment. All entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety.

(b) In financial year 2007-08, DFID’s main advertising cost was for recruitment and procurement. Advertising for these purposes cost £242,652. Other promotional and advertising includes building knowledge and understanding of development (particularly in schools), working in-country to improve health or other outcomes, and consulting with key stakeholders on development policy and implementation. These costs are integrated in our programme. It is therefore not possible to disaggregate figures from overall budgets without incurring disproportionate cost.

(c) In financial year 2007-08, our communications division had only one contract at a cost of £84,961.59 + VAT.