As with all goods and services procured by the MOD, when buying in external public relations and marketing services, robust principles are applied which include securing best value for money; ensuring probity and accountability; enabling competition wherever possible; and ensuring compliance with the relevant provisions of UK and EU law.
Specifically in relation to external public relations and marketing services, the MOD has made payments to the following company in the Public Relations Framework as follows:
£ 2005-06 120,000 2006-07 500,000 2007-08 200,000
These figures exclude VAT, and are rounded to the nearest £10,000. They reflect transactions made by the MOD’s central Financial Management Shared Service Centre, which handles about 95 per cent. of all MOD payments. Payments not included are those which may have been made (a) on behalf of other Government Departments, (b) by the MOD’s trading funds (which lie outside the MOD’s accounting boundary), (c) locally by the Department, or (d) in relation to collaborative projects where the payments are made through international procurement agencies or overseas Governments.