The Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses published at
by HM Treasury show central Government grants to local government. The outturn figures are analysed between Departments but not between local authorities. The level of data analysis requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost
The Department's Accounting Officer has already written to all the Department's executive public bodies, including the Audit Commission, to remind them of their obligations when appointing public relations or other consultants, including that it will always be an improper use of public funds for NDPBs to employ PR or other consultants to lobby parliament or Government Departments in an attempt to influence Government policy or obtain higher funding. A copy of that letter has been placed in the Library of the House.