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UK Border Agency: Expenditure

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency and its predecessor spent on (a) advertising, (b) refreshments and (c) stationery in each year since 2005. (313499)

The amount that the UK Border Agency and its predecessor spent on (a) advertising, (b) refreshments and (c) stationery in each year since 2005, is shown in the following table. Advertising is used by the agency when recruiting staff and to promote compliance with immigration and customs regulations.

Amount spent on (a) advertising, (b) refreshments and (c) stationery UK Border Agency 2005-08

£

Advertising

Refreshments

Stationery

2005-06

0

298,320

4,139,851

2006-07

0

287,712

5,001,987

2007-08

16,049

246,391

4,428,372

2008-09

0

204,576

2,939,244

Notes:

1. Stationery: The figures for refreshments and stationary were drawn from cost code categories in the computerised general ledger to which invoices are posted. The costs will include a wide range of items form basic stationary to specialist forms.

2. Advertising: Recruitment advertising has not been included as it is not conducted centrally and hence spend could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Most customer/public facing advertising undertaken by the UK Border Agency during the period covered was undertaken on behalf of the Home Office or other Departments and is therefore accounted for within the advertising spend of those Departments, not the agency.