HC Deb 21 July 2004 vol 424 c239W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money was spent on advertising and promotional literature for her Department's initiatives, broken down by year since 1997. [183810]

Alun Michael

The Department does not maintain separate records of its expenditure for advertising and promotional literature. The expenditure for publicity by Defra's Communications Directorate, includes marketing, advertising, publications, events, shows and direct mailings, and is recorded for the financial years since Defra's creation in June 2001 as follows:

2001–02 6.6
2002–03 4.7
2003–04 2.5

This includes communications on a wide range of matters, much of it necessary or beneficial to the public and the wide range of industries in which Defra has an interest, together with local government, voluntary organisations and other bodies.