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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which public relations companies have had contracts with (a) his Department and (b) each of its (i) non-departmental public bodies and (ii) executive agencies since 2004. (319766)

The following public relations companies have been employed since 2004/05. Most of these companies have been procured via the Central Office of Information (COI). External public relations companies are used for raising public awareness on specific issues and are only used where the internal specialism is not available.

Company

Area of work

2009/10 BIS (including former BERR and DIUS)

Four Communications

Vulnerable Workers, Family Rights, Consumer Tipping Awareness and National Minimum Wage campaigns

Cohn and Wolfe

Employing People campaign; Climate Change and Media Audit

Fishburn Hedges

Employee engagement campaign

Consolidated

Student Finance and Employability

Kindred

Science (So What? So Everything) and Informal Adult Learning

Grayling

Iawards

Band and Brown

FE Colleges Week

Forster

Academic Freedom Debates

2008/09 BERR

Cohn and Wolfe

Employing People campaign Flexible working campaign

Trimedia Harrison Cowley

Consumer Protection Regulations campaign

Highlight PR

Queen's Awards campaign

Gavin Anderson

Renewable Energy campaign

2008/09 DIUS

Consolidated

Student Finance and Employability

Kindred

Science (So What? So Everything)

Band and Brown

FE Colleges Week

Cohn and Wolfe

Climate Change

Forster

Academic Freedom Debates

2007/08 BERR

Geronimo Communications

Enterprising Britain campaign

Gavin Anderson (UK) Ltd.

Renewable energy campaign

GCI London

Employing People campaign

Highlight PR

Queen's Awards campaign

Trimedia Harrison Cowley Ltd.

Fireworks safety campaign Consumer Protection Regulations Campaign

2007/08 DIUS

Consolidated

Student Finance and Employability

2006/07 DTI

GCI London

Business Link campaign

Fishburn Hedges

Gap Analysis campaign

Gavin Anderson (UK) Ltd.

DTI Renewable Energy campaign

Geronimo Communications

SBS Enterprising Britain campaign

2005/06 DTI

Wright Communications

Consumer Direct campaign

Harrison Cowley

Consumer Direct campaign

Gavin Anderson (UK) Ltd.

DTI Renewable Energy campaign

Geronimo Communications

SBS Enterprising Britain campaign

GCI London

SBS Interim campaign PR activity

DTI 2004/05

GCI London

DTI Best Practice

Portfolio Metrica

DTI Best Practice Media Evaluation

Fishburn Hedges

DTI Dispute Resolution campaign

Porter Novelli Ltd.

DTI Renewables

Broadsystem

SBS Sunday Times Enterprise Network Sponsorship

The Department does not hold centrally the information you request on non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) and this could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

I have approached the Chief Executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 2 March 2010:

The Minister of State, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has asked me to reply to your question which public relations companies have had contracts with (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency since 2004.

The following public relations companies have had contracts with The Insolvency Service since 2004: GfK NOP and Laura McCaffrey Editorial.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 26 February 2010:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 24 February 2010, UIN 319766 to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies House has not had contracts with any public relations companies since 2004.

Letter from John Alty, dated 26 February 2010:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 24 February 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Since 2004, The Intellectual Property Office, an executive agency of BIS, has had contracts with the following three (3) public relations companies:

Prowse & Co

Bell Design

Eulogy.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 15 March 2010:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 24 February 2010 to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, asking which public relations companies have had contracts with the Department and its Executive Agencies since 2004.

The then National Weights & Measures Laboratory, at that time an Executive Agency of the DTI, had a contract with Icas PR, 4 The Waterhouse, Waterhouse Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1 EN, which ran from May 2004 to July 2005. The Agency has had no contracts with public relations companies since that date.