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Media Monitoring Unit

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 975W, on Media Monitoring Unit, what the difference is between the subscribers referred to as the Cabinet Office and Cabinet Office Communications; and which subscriber incurred the £25,200 of expenditure referred to. (315281)

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 [315281] asking for clarification on the Media Monitoring Unit.

The MMU provides in-depth news briefings for press officers, policy officials and Ministers across all government departments, the public sector and regional public bodies.

The subscription information listed for Cabinet Office included all work carried out on their behalf.

The Information listed as Cabinet Office Communications was work carried out on behalf of another department.

The subscription listed as blank has already been included in the subscription for a department within the table and should be disregarded.