§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what was the total spending by his Department on press, public relations and advertising, respectively, in 1987–88;
(2) what was the total spending by the armed forces on press, public relations and advertising, respectively, in1987–88;
(3) what is the latest figure for the estimated expenditure by his Department on press and public relations during 1988–89;
(4) what is the estimated expenditure by each of the armed forces on press and public relations during 1988–89.712W
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
[holding answer 21 July 1988]: The Ministry of Defence spent £6,980,000 on press and public relations in 1987–88 and our estimated expenditure in 1988–89 is £7,316,000. These figures include staffing costs and expenditure on films, exhibitions, publications and equipment, and cover expenditure on single-service activities as well as on central defence work. The information requested on advertising expenditure is not held centrally, and I shall write to the hon. Member.