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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to her Department in 2007-08. (228144)

During 2007-08 the Department spent £317,086 on hospitality. The Department does not record expenditure for entertainment on its finance system and the figures in this reply relate to the broader category of hospitality. All expenditure on hospitality is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

The public information campaigns carried out by the Department in 2007-08 are published with costs in the Department's annual report, which is available in the Library of the House.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply to recent Freedom of Information requests which give details of the Department's expenditure with Public Relations Companies between April 2002 and 8 August 2008. These can be found on the Department's website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/about/freedomofinformation/disclosurelog/disclosurelog2008/publicrelationsfirms/

and

http://www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/about/freedomofinformation/disclosurelog/disclosurelog2008/februaryaugustmeetings/