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Regional Development Agencies: Consultants

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 1114W, on the Regional Development Agency National Secretariat, on which external public affairs firms or consultants spending was incurred; and for what purposes each was engaged. (253516)

The total expenditure of the National Secretariat on external public affairs firms or consultants amounts to a sum of £29,397. This was paid to Linstock Communications for an analysis of RDA national newspaper coverage during an 18 month period from 1 April 2006 to 1 October 2007.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each regional development agency spent on external consultants in 2007-08. (253768)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1366W, which provides each regional development agency expenditure on external consultants in 2007-08.