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Central Office of Information: Marketing

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) title and (b) notional budget is of each advertising and marketing campaign co-ordinated through the Central Office of Information in 2009-10. (315203)

I have asked the chief executive of the Central Office of Information to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Mark Lund, dated 8 February 2010:

As Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question [315203] regarding Government Campaigns co-ordinated through COI.

This information is not held centrally within COI and could only be made available at disproportionate cost.

Campaigns for the current year may not, at present, have the final title and release of such information may be misleading.

Budgets for campaigns are not held by COI but by the commissioning department.

Accurate information for the current financial year will only be published once the annual accounts have been fully audited.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Central Office of Information press release of 11 December 2009, on the merchandising and promotional items framework, how much the Central Office of Information has spent on promotional food and drink products in each of the last three years; what suppliers were used; and on behalf of which public bodies promotional food and drink was procured. (315223)

I have asked the chief executive of the Central Office of Information to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Mark Lund, dated 8 February 2010:

As Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question [315223] regarding the Merchandising and Promotional Framework.

The only company used for promotional products included in the new framework, in each of the last 3 financial years, was Sweet Concepts ltd. This was prior to the start of the specific framework mentioned.

Promotional products were purchased on behalf of the following clients;

British Transport Police

Health and Safety Executive

Home Office

Learning and Skills Council

University for Industry

Royal Air Force

Dept of Health

Police Information Technology Organisation.

Total (£)

2006-07

22,303.80

2007-08

11,666.99

2008-09

7,417.00