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Met Office: Consultants

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Meteorological Office has spent on (a) public affairs firms and consultants and (b) external public relations companies in the last five years; and on which firms the money was spent. (250236)

The information requested is provided in the following table.

£

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Public affairs companies

Politics International Ltd.

12,053

25,919

49,201

60,725

25,275

Cavendish Place Communications

4,000

External public relations companies

Citigate Communications

20,924

Primus Communications Ltd.

6,127

1,250

Payments to public affairs firms relate to training for Met Office witnesses appearing before Select Committees; training for Met Office staff in stakeholder management; assistance with the development and strengthening of relationships with key stakeholders, and support for Met Office participation in stakeholder events relating to meteorology and climate science.

Payments to external public relations companies relate to the provision of general PR support and advice. The Met Office no longer uses external public relations companies for this purpose.