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Pre-Budget Report 2009

Volume 506: debated on Friday 26 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the transcript of oral evidence from the Public Administration Select Committee on Government Communications, 14 January 2010, HC 219-i, question 42 on the pre-Budget report, if she will place in the Library a copy of the evidential basis for determining the marketing and communication budget; what the financial value in absolute terms is of the proposed reduction; and over what time period such a reduction is proposed to take place. (318331)

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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 (based on 2009-10 spending levels) spend across Government by 2012-13.