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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was spent by his Department and bodies for which it is responsible on external public relations consultants and companies in each year from 2001-02; (250432)

(2) how much his Department and its agencies have spent on external public relations firms outside the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework in the last 36 months.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the right hon. and learned hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) on 26 Nov 2008, Official Report, column 1894W and the answer given by the former Financial Secretary my right hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (John Healey), to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 11 Jun 2007, Official Report, column 828W.