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Departmental Advertising

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on newspaper advertising by publication in the latest year for which figures are available. (289476)

The following table sets out the Department for International Development's newspaper advertising costs during the financial year 2008-09, and from April 2009 to date, the majority of which is in recruitment advertising.

Publication

Cost (£)

April 2008 to March 2009

Glasgow Herald

20,133

Scotsman

6,273

Guardian

37,370

Daily Times

540

Evening Standard

5,317

Total

69,633

April 2009 to date

Glasgow Herald

7,273

Scotsman

1,829

Guardian

1,707

Total

10,809

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on which initiatives of his Department and its agencies expenditure on advertising has been incurred in each of the last five years; how much was spent on each such initiative; and which such initiatives were advertised through the Central Office of Information. (290150)

In the last five years the Department for International Development (DFID) has spent the following on advertising and publicity. 98 per cent. of this expenditure has been for procurement and recruitment reasons.

Total amount (£)

Amount spent via COI

2004

703,719

0

2005

423,952

0

2006

699,898

0

2007

310,191

75,990

2008

338,887

338,887

DFID has advertised other initiatives that do not fall into the categories above over the last five years, but information on them is not held centrally and cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs.

DFID has one non-departmental public body, the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC) which undertakes publicity and advertising to promote scholarship opportunities and the Commission’s Professional Fellowship Programme. The breakdown of spend over the last five years is shown as follows:

Total amount

Amount spent via COI

2004-05

24,366

0

2005-06

19,562

0

2006-07

20,342

0

2007-08

19,346

0

2008-09

12,426

0