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Government Departments: Marketing

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 24 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to page 16 of Smarter Government, Cm 7753, what the monetary value is of the planned reduction in marketing and communications spend; over what period the planned reduction is expected to take place; whether the reduction relates to (a) Central Office of Information expenditure and (b) departmental expenditure; and whether she expects there to be any reduction in the number of departmental press officers employed. (315280)

I have been asked to reply.

The 2009 pre-Budget report announced that Government would save £650 million from cuts of 50 per cent. in consultancy spend and 25 per cent. in marketing and communications spend across Government by 2012-13. The 25 per cent. cut will be based on 2009-10 spending levels. It will be for individual Departments and arm's length bodies to decide their priority for future spending.