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Central Office of Information: Advertising

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the estimated monetary value is of the contracts to be used under the Central Office of Information's framework for (a) recruitment advertising, (b) public notice advertising and (c) directories advertising over the lifetime of each framework agreement. (323447)

I have asked the chief executive of the Central Office of Information to write to the hon. Member. The letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether any guidance has been given to the Central Office of Information on Government advertising in the period at the end of a Parliament and before the issue of writs for a general election; (323581)

(2) what guidance has been issued to the Central Office of Information on Government advertising and marketing in (a) the period immediately before a general election and (b) during a general election campaign.

On the announcement of a general election, the Cabinet Office issues guidance on the handling of departmental business during the pre-election period, including on advertising and marketing. Until the announcement of the general election, advertising and marketing will be conducted in line with the “Propriety Guidance” for government communications, a copy of which is in the Library of both Houses. It can also be accessed via:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/cabinetoffice/government_communication/assets/guidance.pdf