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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has paid to public relations companies in each of the last five years; and for what purpose in each case. (309805)

[holding answer 11 January 2010]: The costs of the Department’s contracts with public relations consultancies in each of the last five years are as follows:

PR consultancy

Spend (£)

2004-05

Harrison Cowley

117,500.05

2005-06

Harrison Cowley

295,148.25

2006-07

Harrison Cowley

84,600

2007-08

n/a

0

2008-09

Edelman

186,495

These companies provided communications support on Digital Switchover, the implementation of the Licensing Act and C&binet.