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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) with which public relations companies (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible and (c) other bodies sponsored by his Department have had contracts in each year since 2004; (317067)

(2) how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible in 2009.

Public relations agencies are employed for specific communications tasks, most commonly working alongside our press office to provide campaign support in local, regional and specialist media. The Department's expenditure on public relations for complete financial years, since its formation in June 2007, is outlined in the following table.

Total spend (£)

2007-08

2,333,000

2008-09

4,023,403

The other requested information cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.