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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General 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) 199798, (b) 199899, (c) 19992000, (d) 200001 and (e) 200102 (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. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 25 February 2002]: My own Department, the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, keeps no separate figures for expenditure on publicity but the sums involved are minimal.
The total real terms expenditure by the Crown Prosecution Service on publicity broken down by (A) advertising and (B) press and public relations for each of the years (a) 199798, (b) 199899, (c) 19992000, (d) 200001, and (e) 200102 (i) to date and (ii) as estimated for the whole of the present year is as follows:
|Press and public relations||59,000|
|Press and public relations||108,000|
|Press and public relations||179,000|
|Press and public relations||109,000|
|200102 (to date)|
|Press and public relations||140,000|
|200102 (estimated for whole year)|
|Press and public relations||168,000|
Responsibility for advertising expenditure rests with local managers in CPS areas and functional managers in CPS headquarters.
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Responsibility for expenditure on press and public relations rests with the Head of Communications Division with budget approval by the CPS board. Expenditure is primarily associated with promotional material for distribution at recruitment fairs and conferences and to raise the profile in local communities.
Advertising expenditure is restricted to recruitment of new staff. The marked increase in expenditure in the current year is a result of additional investment in the CPS from SR2000 and a nationwide recruitment drive to achieve the target in 'The Way Ahead', of employing 300 extra lawyers by 2004. Treasury Solicitor's Department
|Press and public relations||33,376|
|Press and public relations||44,364|
|Press and public relations||6,401|
|Press and public relations||19,611|
|200102 (to date)|
|Press and public relations||20,250|
In addition the Bona Vacantia division of the Treasury Solicitor's Department regularly places advertisements in the press seeking kin in cases where individuals have died intestate with no apparent claimants to the estate under administration. Over the period in question the real terms expenditure has been as follows:
(6) To date
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The Serious Fraud Office is a small department with no agencies or non-departmental bodies. It has a press office capability which is small in relation to its high public profile, achieving good value at a reasonable cost. The Serious Fraud Office does not run advertising campaigns.
|Actual £||Real terms(7) £||Growth (per cent.)|
(7) GDP deflator.
(8) To date.
(9) Estimated for whole year.
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 25 February 2002]: The Ministerial Private Office at the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers is decorated and refurbished as part of a rolling programme of redecoration and refurbishment of the entire premises in accordance with the terms of the building's lease. No separate figures for the costs involved in refurbishing and redecorating the Private Office are available.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General what the total area in square feet of all empty properties owned by (a) her Department, (b) her agencies and (c) other public bodies for which she has had responsibility was in each year since May 1997. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 25 February 2002]: My own Department, the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, does not own or lease any empty properties and has not owned or leased any empty properties in each of the last four years.
24,720 square in 199899
51,809.4 square feet in 19992000
19,851.1 square feet in 200001
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Expressed as a percentage against the total floor area under Crown Prosecution Service stewardship, the amount of vacant office space decreased between May 1997 and December 2001 from 4.6 per cent. during financial year 199798 to 2.2 per cent. for financial year 200102.
The Treasury Solicitor's Department has not empty properties. The Treasury Solicitor's Department headquarters building (Queen Anne's Chambers, SW1) is fully occupied, but some small shop units in the frontage, let to commercial concerns, have been vacant from time to time as follows:
478 square feet in 200102 (to date).
zero square feet in 199899
15,950.67 square feet in 19992000
24,913.33 square feet in 200001
10,136.47 square feet in 200102 (to date). Serious Fraud Office
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