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Newspaper Licensing Agency

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payment from (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies to the Newspaper Licensing Agency was made in each of the last 10 years. (315587)

The Department for Work and Pensions was created in June 2001. The payments made to the Newspaper Licensing Agency (excluding VAT) in each full year since then are set out in the following table. The press cuttings to which they refer cover the whole range of the Department's businesses including the Pension, Disability and Carers Service, and Jobcentre Plus.

The volume of cuttings has increased considerably throughout the recession as mentions of the work of Jobcentre Plus have increased. Since December 2008 this has also included coverage from regional titles. A review of the Department's licensing arrangements for press cuttings is currently under way.

£

2002-03

33,959

2003-04

63,471

2004-05

70,578

2005-06

93,781

2006-07

90,141

2007-08

94,631

2008-09

153,189

2009-10

208,027