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Departmental Publicity

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) Ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the last three years for which figures are available. (305510)

It is not possible to provide comprehensive figures for spend on ministerial photoshoots and video productions without incurring disproportionate cost. Many videos are produced using internal resources, for use on the Department’s digital channels, such as YouTube. Others are commissioned externally as part of marketing campaigns and often not costed separately. Internal resources are also used for taking photographs at internal events.

Expenditure in the last three financial years using external photographers or video production companies which can readily be identified as ministerial photoshoots or videos including Ministers is as follows for the former Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

£

2008/09

BERR

Photography for ministerial Who’s Who board and events

1,032

Secretary of State event for all staff at BERR, October 2008

8,693.75

DIUS

Photography of Ministers

496

Filming of Ministers

8,518.25

2007/08

BERR

Photography of Ministers

450

Videos: none identified

DIUS

Photography of Ministers: none identified

Filming of Ministers

1,735

2006/07

BERR

Photography of Ministers

195.76

Filming of Ministers

7,843