HC Deb 25 February 2002 vol 380 c891W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the total real terms expenditure of her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on publicity in each of the years(a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000, (d) 2000–01 and (e) 2001–02 (i) to date and (ii) as estimated for the whole of the present year; and if she will break these figures down to indicate expenditure on (A) advertising and (B) press and public relations. [36160]

Clare Short

Expenditure in relation to paid publicity in the years in question was as follows:

1997–98 410
1998–99 697
1999–2000 880
2000–01 1,487
2001–021 1,194
2001–022 1,410
1 To date
1 Estimated

The annual totals given include expenditure on departmental publications, exhibitions, visits and displays, photography, video production and internet services. The increase over the period reflects our commitment to greater openness, as well as to promoting greater public awareness and understanding of international development issues.

We hold a separate budget for Press Office running costs (other than salary costs), for which expenditure in the years in questions was:

1998–99 70
1999–2000 151
2000–01 119
2001–021 126
2001–022 175
1To date

Figures for 1997–98 are not obtainable without involving disproportionate cost.

DFID does not hold a specific advertising budget. However the bulk of our paid advertising relates to recruitment advertising in newspapers and journals, costing around £l million a year.

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