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Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of his Department’s contracts with press monitoring services was in each of the last five years. (251216)

Press monitoring services for DWP include contracts with the Central Office of Information’s Media Monitoring Unit, a press cuttings agency, two media monitoring services and the Press Association. Separate services were provided at times for Jobcentre Plus, the Office for Disability Issues and the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission (CMEC). The costs were as follows:

£

2004-05

49,000

2005-06

172,599.97

2006-07

211,505.95

2007-08

224,377.55

2008-09

1138,543.28

1 Up to December 2008

Some costs are incomplete and unavailable. For instance, the costs in 2004-05 only relate to the Central Office of Information’s Media Monitoring Unit.