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Mass Media

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of his Department's contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years. (251156)

The Media Monitoring Unit (MMU) has provided media monitoring services as follows to DEFRA:

£

2005-06

53,000

2006-07

54,150

2007-08

62,700

2008-09

70,000

We do not hold records for MMU costs in 2004-05.

Durrants provides DEFRA with a daily cuttings service at the following cost per calendar year:

£

2005

66,843

2006

137,911

2007

152,397

2008 to date

136,777

We do not hold records for Durrants costs in 2004-05.

DEFRA also subscribes to the Press Association newswire monitoring service at the following cost:

£

2004-05

4,000

2005-06

4,136

2006-07

4,237

2007-08

4,402

2008-09

4,391

In addition since May 2008 DEFRA has used the transcript service of Wordsworth at a cost to date of £8,705.

All figures quoted exclude VAT.