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Departmental Marketing

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in 2008-09. (276478)

I apologise to the hon. and learned gentleman for the unacceptable delay in answering this question.

(a) The Ministry’s accounting records do not distinguish between expenditure on advertising and publicity. Work to differentiate the two components would incur disproportionate cost. Combined expenditure during 2008-09 was as follows:


Ministry of Justice HQ


HM courts service


Tribunals service


Office of the public guardian


National offender management service (NOMS)




1 The figure shown for NOMS is recorded as recruitment expenditure on their accounting system.

Over 95 per cent. of the Ministry’s expenditure on advertising and promotion relates to recruitment, with the majority of recruitment activity being within NOMS to ensure sufficient prison officers are in post to operate effectively the prison system.

As a result, the figure for NOMS may include other recruitment expenditure, not considered to be publicity and advertising. Work to split out publicity and advertising spend from the total recruitment amount would incur disproportionate cost.

The NOMS figure also excludes expenditure by the 42 local probation boards and trusts whose records are held locally and could be collated only at disproportionate cost. A one-off exercise undertaken in 2007-08 found that expenditure on advertising and promotion by local probation boards and trusts was £58,264. There are no current plans to repeat this information-gathering exercise for 2008-09.

(b) To collate information for all of the Ministry’s non-departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) would incur disproportionate cost. However, the expenditure of the Ministry’s three largest NDPBs which account for 97 per cent. of NDPB expenditure (excluding Legal Aid) is as follows:


Criminal injuries compensation authority


Youth justice board


Legal services commission


2 The legal services commission did not record any expenditure on advertising for 2008-09. The figure of £367,000 provided is for publicity spend only.

2008-09 accounts are still being finalised by the Ministry, its agencies and NDPBs. Figures may therefore be subject to adjustment during the annual audit process.