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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of his Department’s contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years. (251251)

The following table provides details of the Northern Ireland Office’s expenditure on contracts with public relations companies (excluding agencies and Executive NDPBs) in each of the last five years:

Financial year

Value of contracts (£)

2003-04

160,397

2004-05

153,723

2005-06

91,858

2006-07

146,906

2007-08

121,504

These companies have been used to provide goods and services in relation to newspaper and television advertising, such as crime prevention campaigns, and the production of leaflets and DVDs which were issued to the public.