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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework since it was created. (288671)

Between September 2008 and March 2009 DECC spent approximately £101,000 through public relations and events management agencies on COI's rosters. The figures include all PR expenditure incurred by the department on the ACT ON CO2 campaign, including media relations activity and the running of a series of regional roadshows.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 297W, on departmental public relations, which companies were contracted; for what purpose each contract was let to each company; and how much was paid to each company in respect of each contract. (288986)

The Department has spent the following amounts in 2008-09.

£101,000 to Munro and Forster and TRO (through COI agency rosters). The figure includes all PR expenditure incurred by the department on the ACT ON CO2 campaign, including media relations activity and the running of a series of regional roadshows. We are considering our campaign plans for the rest of 2009-10.

£100,229.99 to Kreab Gavin Anderson who are contracted, through a consultancy tender, to provide expert advice and support on the renewable energy finance community including on the impact of proposed measures on renewable finance and investment prospects. As part of this contract they also support the department's work by arranging seminars, meetings with investors, and wider awareness raising with investors and media on developments in renewable energy policy.

All figures are rounded up and exclusive of VAT.