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Foreign And Commonwealth Office: Sponsorship Money

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer to Question HL2916 by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 30 July (

WA 224), which United Kingdom-based organisations and companies have contributed sponsorship money to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the recent United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union; and how much was donated and what support was provided in kind in each case. [HL 3268]

During the six months of the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union, sponsorship activity will have been undertaken not only in the United Kingdom but also at posts overseas and my Written Answer of 30 July (WA 224) applies.Information relating specifically to events held under the UK Presidency of the European Union and managed centrally by the FCO is provided as follows:

Cash Sponsorship

  • Eurostar
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Paribas
  • ABN Ambro
  • UBS
  • British Telecom
  • Total: £188,333

In-Kind Sponsorship

  • Canon: Photocopies & Facsimile machines
  • Dell: Information Technology
  • Group 4: Security Personnel & Equipment
  • Rover: Cars
  • Eurostar: Tickets for prize winners
  • Total: £367,727

In addition the Cardiff Technology Exhibition was sponsored by the following companies:

Cash Sponsorships

  • Cardiff Bay Development Corporation
  • Council for Welsh TECs
  • S4C
  • Hyder PLC
  • ICL
  • Welsh Development Agency
  • Total: £265,000

In-Kind Sponsorship

  • Sony: Sound & Visual Equipment
  • British Telecom: Telecommunications Equip
  • Total: £70,191

Individual figures detailing cash and in-kind sponsorship for the above companies are not available for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer to Question HL2917 by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 30 July (

WA 224), on what terms and conditions sponsorship money from United Kingdom-based organisations and companies was received by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the recent United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union; whether written sponsorship agreements were signed in all cases; if not, in which cases agreements were not signed; and whether they will place copies of such agreements in the Library of the House. [HL3269]

All sponsorship was subject, as a minimum, to an exchange of letters setting out the sponsorship in cash or in-kind to be provided, the benefits allotted to the sponsor by the FCO in return for the sponsorship and the values attributed to these benefits. The details of these letters are subject to commercial confidentiality and cannot be placed in the Library of the House.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer to Question HL2918 by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 30 July (

WA 224), how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office tailored the process of selection of United Kingdom-based sponsors to individual projects in the United Kingdom during the recent United Kingdom presidency of the European Union; whether any sector of British industry was prevented from offering its services as a sponsor; and, if so, whether that resulted in any company or companies that expressed an interest in being a sponsor being refused. [HL3270]

During the six months of the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union, sponsorship activity will have been undertaken not only in the United Kingdom but also at posts overseas and my Written Answer of 30 July (WA 224) applies.The selection of United Kingdom-based sponsors for events held under the UK Presidency of the European Union and managed centrally by the FCO was undertaken by Integrated Communication Projects Ltd. under Contract to the FCO. Approaches were made to over 400 companies seeking sponsorship for the presidency events. Sponsorship was only sought to offset the cost of supplying goods and services that were essential to the running of events during the presidency and only where the demands of potential sponsors could be met without impacting on the dignity of the occasion and of the UK as hosts. For the UK presidency events no sponsor was refused other than where exclusive agreements for particular goods and/or services had already been reached.