§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assessment he has made of the total expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on publicity for each of the years(a) 1979–80, (b) 1989–90, (c) 1991–92, (d) 1993–94, (e) 1994–95 and (f) 1995–96 (i) to date and (ii) as estimated for the whole year; what estimate he has made of such expenditure for 1996–97; and if he will break these figures down to indicate expenditure on (1) advertising and (2) press and public relations. 
§ Mr. Burt
[holding answer 25 January 1996]: The total publicity expenditure incurred by this Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies, is as follows:-
- 1989–90: £15,598,464
- 1991–92: £17,546,566
- 1993–94: £18,333,603
- 1994–95: £20,654,914
- 1995–96: £22,917,1731
Of these figures, the amounts spend on advertising are as follows:
- 1989–90: £5,343,986
- 1991–92: £4,834,813
- 1993–94: £5,964,988
- 1994–95: £3,597,308
- 1995–96: £6,383,46711 Estimated figure to end of year.
- 1. Detailed plans for 1996–97 expenditure are yet to be finalised.
- 2. Information is not available prior to 1989–90. This Department was not in existence before 1988 and information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
- 3. The above figures are for publicity only. Press does not form part of publicity spending.
- 4. This Department does not incur expense on Public Relations.