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Armed Forces: Journalism

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse has been of embedding journalists in the armed forces in each year since 1997. (246741)

A key requirement for the MOD as a Department of State is to communicate its activities to ensure openness and transparency of government. In order to assist this we have routinely embedded journalists in operational theatres. No charges have been applied to embedded news journalists.

In all instances where journalists are embedded this is undertaken using existing facilities. Nominal or marginal costs in the field such as food and field accommodation are not significant and are not accounted for centrally.