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Mass Media

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years. (251221)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills' (DIUS) media monitoring is supplied by Energy Data Service Limited (EDS) and the Media Monitoring Unit (MMU).

DIUS was formed on 28 June 2007 as a result of the machinery of Government changes. Information on the costs of contracts for the provision of media monitoring services to DIUS is therefore only available for the current financial year.

Available figures for the annual costs of each contract are as follows:

EDS

2008/09: £39,943 (to date)

MMU

2008/09: £42,125 (annual subscription).