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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on news and public relations in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. (311569)

The cost of all DECC communications staff in 2008-09 (including press officers) was £512,000, but note that this relates to the period from October 2008, as prior to this costs were divided between BIS and DEFRA (the Departments from which DECC’s original teams were drawn), for which disaggregated figures for DECC’s predecessor teams are not available. Costs from April 2009 to January 2010 (the latest date available) were £1,530,000.

Between September 2008 and March 2009 DECC spent approximately £119,000 through public relations agencies on COFs rosters. In 2009-10, DECC plans to spend a total of approximately £90,000 on public relations. These figures include all PR expenditure incurred by the Department on the Act On CO2 campaign, including media relations activity and PR for roadshows.

For details of campaign advertising media costs in 2008-09 and 2009-10 I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave on 8 February 2010, Official Report, column 728W, to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps).