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Mass Media

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years. (251219)

The Department sources a national press cuttings service via a framework agreement used by various Government Departments. As such, the value of the 'contract' cannot be established in full; although a breakdown of costs incurred during the financial years 2003-04 to 2007-08 is given in the following table. Daily cuttings from the national press have been provided by EDS Media since 1 July 2007. Before July 2007 national press cuttings were provided by Durrants, whose contract commenced in April 2003.

£

Organisation

EDS Media

Durrants

2003-04

0

64,094.11

2004-05

0

65,236.39

2005-06

0

110,476,20

2006-07

0

132,006.82

2007-08

66,196.04

37,864.27

Regional press cuttings are sourced from TNS Media Intelligence via a rolling agreement. A breakdown of costs incurred during the period 2003-04 to 2007-08 is given in the following table.

Organisation: TNS Media Intelligence

£

2003-04

38,677.11

2004-05

22,696.30

2005-06

47,273.79

2006-07

54,720.13

2007-08

26,066.61

The Media Monitoring Unit (MMU) is based in the Central Office of Information and provides a 24-hour a day, 365 days a year monitoring service of broadcast and print media. They provide summaries throughout the day and overnight of key government-related stories and also transcripts of interviews on request. Records of the costs incurred start from the financial year 2004-05 and a breakdown is given in the following table.

Organisation: MMU

£

2004-05

67,729.19

2005-06

105,149.48

2006-07

115,504.42

2007-08

113,657.75

The figures quoted in the tables above are all inclusive of VAT.