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Government Departments: Consultancy Services

Volume 718: debated on Tuesday 30 March 2010

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its agencies has spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, since its inception; and for what purposes. [HL2497]

Between September 2008 and March 2009, DECC spent approximately £119,000 through public relations agencies on COI's rosters. In 2009-10, DECC has been invoiced to spend a total of approximately £90,000 on public relations. These figures include all PR expenditure incurred by the department on the Act On CO2 campaign, including media relations activity and PR for roadshows.

The Energy Saving Trust has hired the services of communication agencies to support the in-house communications team in reaching consumers across the UK. The Carbon Trust employs public relations consultants and public affairs consultants to enable it to deliver its mission of accelerating the move to a low-carbon economy by helping organisations to cut their emissions now and by developing the low carbon technologies, businesses and markets which will deliver emission reductions in future.

As private companies limited by guarantee, the details of how much the Carbon Trust and the Energy Saving Trust have spent on these purposes are a matter for their boards. The Energy Saving Trust has hired the services of communication agencies to support the in-house communications team in reaching consumers across the UK.

The Carbon Trust employs public relations consultants and public affairs consultants to enable it to deliver its mission of accelerating the move to a low-carbon economy by helping organisations to cut their emissions now and by developing the low carbon technologies, businesses and markets which will deliver emission reductions in future.

As private companies limited by guarantee, the details of how much the Carbon Trust and the Energy Saving Trust have spent on these purposes are a matter for their boards.