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Departmental Marketing

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department and its agencies spent on promotional items carrying the Department's branding and logo in the last five years; and what those items were. (324714)

The Department advises against the use of departmental branding on promotional items, other than on occasional low-value items to support specific internal initiatives or conferences. Any such items are procured by individual teams within the Department and the Department does not hold central records on which items were procured and at what cost. To provide this information would therefore incur disproportionate cost.

The two agencies that receive funding from the Department are the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA).

We are informed by both NHS PASA and MHRA that they have not produced or issued any products featuring departmental branding in the last five years.