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Departmental Publicity

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on (a) Ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the last three years for which figures are available. (305521)

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has used external photographers on three occasions between its launch in May 2007 and August 2009, at a total cost of £2,197.04. These were for use as corporate images following reshuffles or machinery of Government changes, and portraits were taken of senior MOJ officials as well as the ministerial team. Since August 2009, the Ministry of Justice has had the capability to provide corporate photography in-house at no cost.

MOJ Communications Directorate has in-house video recording facilities and uses these, at no cost, when filming ministers for both internal purposes and for the Ministry’s You Tube channel. Information on the filming of our ministers for other purposes is not held centrally, and to obtain that information would incur disproportionate cost.