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Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by (a) the Homes and Communities Agency, (b) the Tenant Services Authority, (c) the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit and (d) his Department on media monitoring since the start of 2009-10. (305967)

Since the start of financial year 2009-10, the Homes and Communities Agency, has spent £22,658.20 (not including VAT) on media monitoring. The Tenant Services Authority has spent £13,747.70 (including VAT) and the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit has identified costs of £756.0 (not including VAT). The Department has spent £266,835 (including VAT) on media monitoring. The figure for the Department comprises the subscription charges to the Central Office of Information’s Media Monitoring Service and externally procured contracts for national and regional press cuttings.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by (a) the Homes and Communities Agency, (b) the Tenant Services Authority, (c) the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit and (d) his Department on media monitoring in each of the last three years. (305968)

The Homes and Communities Agency and the Tenant Services Authority were both created on the 1 December 2008. Between 1 December 2008 and 31 March 2009, the Homes and Communities Agency spent £8,475.30 (not including VAT) on media monitoring. Over the same period, the Tenant Services Authority spent £10,160.34 (including VAT) on media monitoring. The National Housing and Planning Advice Unit were established in February 2007. It did not subscribe to a media monitoring service in that financial year. For financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09 figures are not separately identifiable.

In financial year 2008-09, the Department spent a total of £335,935.13 on media monitoring. The figure for the Department comprises the subscription charges to the Central Office of Information’s Media Monitoring Service and externally procured contracts for national and regional press cuttings.

In respect of monitoring for financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Minister of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tooting (Mr. Khan) to the hon. Member for South-West Surrey (Mr. Hunt) on 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1138-39W.