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Volume 487: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1265-6W, on eco-towns, which external companies were engaged to perform communications work using the £385,200 referred to; and what the purpose of each such contract was. (251913)

We commissioned a number of agencies through the Central Office of Information (COI) to support us on the communications aspect of the eco-towns programme. The names of the companies involved and their role is set out in the following table.




Public relations and raising awareness about the eco-towns programme and consultation process in the regional media.


Organising and managing the logistics for a series of consultation ‘roadshow’ events in and around the potential eco-town locations.


Advertorials in respect of first stage consultation procurement fees for digital work

We also commissioned further agencies through our own framework contract and the details of these are set out in the following table.



Red House Lane

Graphic design and artwork for branding, advertorials and posters.

Andrew Irving Associates

Eco-towns questionnaire for online You Gov omnibus survey.

Cragg Ross Dawson

Qualitative research to explore national and local attitudes to the proposals for eco-towns