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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has made to the Waterfront Partnership in the last 12 months; for what purpose; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract under which such payments have been made. (305166)

The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement tell us they have had a rolling three-month contract with Freshwater Public Affairs, formerly The Waterfront Partnership, which began in May 2009. Up to and including November 2009, the NHS Institute has paid Freshwater Public Affairs £42,000. This contract sits alongside the NHS Institute’s overall contract for communications and public relations support with Freshwater UK.

Given the commercially sensitive nature of the content of the contract, it is not intended to place a full copy of this information in the Library but the NHS Institute is willing to discuss the contract with the hon. Member.