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English Partnership Public Relations Panel

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what companies and individuals were on the English Partnership Public Relations Panel in each year since the Panel was set up; and what expenditure has been incurred on each (a) corporate and (b) individual member of the Panel to date. (292558)

Since 1 December 2008, English Partnership's (EP) functions have passed to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The following table provides a list of the organisations that have formed the membership of the EP/HCA Public Relations Panel since it was established in 2006, and also the net and gross breakdown of expenditure, by panel member.

Public relations spend across the HCA incorporates a wide and varied range of activities, with a particular focus on disseminating news and information on HCA's work to business and local stakeholders, the media and to the general public.

For 2008-09, such costs represented 0.02 per cent. of the HCA's total annual expenditure of £3.9 billion.

Summary of net and gross spend by former EP and now HCA against each supplier on the PR Panel by financial year (2009 split into EP and HCA spend)

EP

HCA

Supplier name

Jan 2006- Mar 2006

Apr 2006- Mar 2007

Apr 2007- Mar 2008

Apr 2008- Nov 2008

Dec 2008- Mar 2009

Apr 2009 to date

Grand total

Brahm Limited

Net

14,755

31,230

9,325

68,306

123,616

Gross

17,337

36,695

10,724

71,241

135,998

Camargue

Net

18,001

61,095

35,867

6,781

2,255

3,000

126,999

Gross

21,151

71,787

42,144

7,968

2,613

3,450

149,112

Communications Management

Net

124,883

85,628

3,135

213,646

Gross

146,737

100,613

3,684

251,034

Communique

Net

52,893

123,348

28,334

5,702

5,808

216,083

Gross

62,149

144,933

32,774

6,587

6,679

253,122

Creative Concern Ltd

Net

2,487

17,170

33,284

52,941

Gross

2,922

17,170

33,284

53,376

Destination Marketing UK Ltd

Net

73,102

109,300

34,313

14,892

469

232,076

Gross

85,864

128,427

40,318

17,298

539

272,446

Fleishman-H1llard Group Ltd

Net

3,500

3,500

Gross

4,113

4,113

ING Media

Net

33,000

150,131

133,508

59,796

23,716

400,151

Gross

38,775

176,404

156,872

68,771

27,273

468,095

Phoenix

Net

29,668

61,240

53,068

24,447

22,146

190,568

Gross

34,860

71,957

62,354

28,320

25,468

222,959

Staniforth Communications

Net

3,369

92,454

93,695

26,287

13,443

16,981

246,229

Gross

3,959

108,633

110,092

30,887

15,497

19,528

288,596

Staniforth Public Relations

Net

16,178

926

2,256

19,361

Gross

19,010

1,088

2,651

22,749

The Communication Group plc

Net

3,266

152,894

156,160

Gross

3,838

179,650

183,488

Willoughby PR

Net

10,469

34,399

49,518

33,942

34,752

77,996

241,077

Gross

12,301

40,418

58,184

39,882

40,003

89,696

280,484