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Advertising

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the publicity and advertising campaigns run by his Department in each of the last four years, specifying the (a) purpose, (b) cost to public funds, (c) number of staff involved and (d) method of evaluation in each case. [39097]

The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: The information requested is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

For details of advertising expenditure over the last four years I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him today (PQ ref. 36166).

Publicity Expenditure

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the total real terms expenditure of his 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

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and (e) 2001–02 (i) to date and (ii) as estimated for the whole of the present year; and if he will break these figures down to indicate expenditure on (A) advertising and (B) press and public relations. [36166]

The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: The information is not available in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Details of departmental expenditure for advertising over the last four years and to date is as follows:

£000
1997–98144
1998–99138
1999–2000262
2000–01464
2001-to date(9)163

(9) This includes financial information from 1 April 2001 to 28 February 2002.


The increase in expenditure from 1998–99 to 2000–01 from £138,000 to £464,000 is due to expenditure on recruitment advertising for posts within the Department. These posts range from administration and junior management level through to the senior civil service. Also included is recruitment advertising expenditure for specialist placements within the Government Information and Development Centre.

Equipment Leasing

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the cost is to public funds in each case. [39077]

Mr. Leslie: The following leasing arrangements have been entered into by my Department and its agencies in each of the last four financial years.

£

1997–981998–991999–20002000–01Total
Vehicles10,08914,06451,39740,949116,499
Reprographic equipment(10)160,000414,155215,514514,8671,304,536
Other equipment(11)8,14848,07321,16094,248171,629
IT(12)2,835167,6065,73229,763205,936
181,072643,898293,803679,8271,798,600

(10) Reprographic equipment includes photocopiers and multi-function devices.

(11) Other equipment includes post room equipment, franking machines and fax machines.

(12) IT includes PCs and data tracking equipment.

Notes:

Women's Unit, Women's National Commission, PIU and CMPS joined Cabinet Office.

Office of e-envoy established.

All figures provided are for the full leasing term. They have been entered under the financial year in which the leasing arrangement was awarded.


Equipment should be leased when it offers better value for money than direct purchase bearing in mind the products whole life costs and quality to meet (but not exceed) the requirement. These costs include maintenance, running and disposal costs, not simply initial costs.

Press and Public Relations

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual budget for communications activities, including press, public relations, marketing and internal communications, was for his Department for each financial year from 1997–98 to 2001–02. [39925]

Mr. Leslie: The majority of the Cabinet Office's press office and internal communications activity, as well as management of its official website, is dealt with by the Department's Communication Group. Where appropriate the group also handles public relations.

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The Group's annual budget, net of receipts, for each of the financial years since 1997–98 is as follows:

£

Annual budget net of receipts
1997–981,629,000.00
1998–991,568,000.00
1999–20001,918,000.00
2000–012,400,000.00
2001–022,558,000.00

The increase in the budget, particularly between 1998 and 2001, is largely due to an increase in Cabinet Office activity and responsibilities relating to establishing new Units, increases in ministerial posts and the resultant additional communication activity.

For expenditure on marketing and external public relations, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) on 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 252W.

Accountancy Contracts

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the contracts agreed by his Department with the five largest accountancy firms since May 1997; and what was the total value of contracts with each. [42111]

Mr. Leslie: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) on 14 February 2002, Official Report, column 563W.

Workplace Smoking

Ms Walley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to announce the outcome of the consultation by the panel for regulatory accountability in respect of the approved code of practice on workplace smoking. [45205]

Mr. Leslie: The Panel for Regulatory Accountability did not undertake any public consultation in respect of the approved code of practice on workplace smoking.

However, the Health and Safety Commission completed a consultation exercise on whether to introduce an Approved Code of Practice, and announced, in September 2000, that it favoured the introduction of an Approved Code of Practice.

The Government is giving careful consideration to the Commission's proposals. As part of this process, the Health and Safety Commission has been asked to consider further both the implications of an Approved Code of Practice on the hospitality sector and small businesses generally, and the role the Public Places Charter could play.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Fair Trade

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the value of fairly traded (a) tea and (b) coffee used in his Department in each of the last five years. [17562]

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Angela Eagle: The Home Office has not awarded any central contracts to purchase fairly traded products over the past five years. However each individual directorate and unit within the Department can purchase fairly traded tea and coffee from those companies that supply fair trade products.

The Department fully supports ethical trading in mainstream business and fair trade products will be purchased when they meet the criteria on procurement of goods and services.

The Home Office will be publishing an article on fair trade in the next edition of "Purchasing Matters", an internal periodical for all procurement staff. In addition the Home Office will be holding a purchasing symposium on the issue of fair trade in April. Both these initiatives will encourage fair trade purchasing in the Department.

Asylum Accommodation Centres

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration his Department gave to the capacity to gain rapid planning permission when identifying sites for the proposed asylum accommodation centres. [35640]

Angela Eagle: In identifying potential sites for accommodation centres, consideration has been given to a wide range of issues including planning considerations.

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which site in the Bicester area has been identified as a potential location for an accommodation centre for asylum seekers. [37078]

Angela Eagle: The prospective accommodation centre site in Bicester is on the land vacated by Ministry of Defence Logistics.

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 160W, on facilities at accommodation centres, what assessment has been made of the costs of providing transport for asylum seekers housed in accommodation centres to ensure they receive needed services which are not provided in-house at accommodation centres. [43024]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 18 March 2002]: We have said we will provide for transport where necessary. We are considering the costs, which will depend on the location of the sites and the exact range of facilities on-site.


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