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G20: Public Relations

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 16 September 2009, Official Report, column 2232W, on G20: public relations, what the cost to the public purse was of the external contracted staff; and from which companies they were contracted. (315498)

A temporary unit was created within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to support posts across the world in their engagement with stakeholders overseas, help organise local events during the run up to the summit, as well as providing information for the London G20 summit website.

The unit was staffed by FCO and temporary staff with specialist project co-ordination and website development skills. Temporary staff included a project co-ordinator and two events delivery co-ordinators hired from PA Consulting at a cost of £166,934. Two digital editors and a media co-ordinator were also hired through COI GovGap at a cost of £90,400. No external public relations or public affairs firms (consultancies) were contracted to provide support for the London G20 summit.