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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments the National Lottery Commission has made to Hill and Knowton in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; for what purpose; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the contracts under which such payments have been made. (305142)

The National Lottery Commission has advised that during 2009 they made one payment of £1,500.37 to Hill and Knowlton, on 12 March.

No further payments have been made and the commission has no ongoing contract with Hill and Knowlton. All payments made to Hill and Knowlton were in respect of media relations support, strategic communications advice, planning and stakeholder engagement support, primarily for the delivery of the Third Licence Competition. The contract was awarded to Hill and Knowlton after a full competitive tender process.

All contracts are commercially confidential and because of this it would be inappropriate to place a copy in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments VisitBritain has made to Connect Public Affairs in the last 12 months for which figures are available; for what purpose; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the contracts under which such payments have been made. (305144)

VisitBritain pays £907.38+VAT per calendar month to Connect Public Affairs for a political monitoring and support service. In the last 12 months that totals £10,889+VAT.

VisitBritain inform us that their contract with Connect Public Affairs is commercially confidential, and because of this it would be inappropriate to place a copy in the Libraries of the House as requested.