HC Deb 12 December 1985 vol 88 cc768-9W
Mr. Jim Spicer

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advertising agents have been appointed by his Department, or by the Central Office of Information on behalf of his Department, to handle campaigns involving the communication of information on subjects for which his Department is responsible to Parliament over each of the last 10 years, respectively; what was the subject of each campaign; and how much was spent on each campaign.

Mr. Brooke

The Treasury has incurred expenditure on the employment of advertising agents on four occasions since 1980 for work in connection with privatisation: the sale of BP in 1983, the sales of Cable and Wireless in 1983 and 1985, and the sale of Britoil in 1985. The agents employed are as followsBP 1983 —St. James's Advertising & Street's Advertising Cable and Wireless 1983 —Street's Financial Advertising Britoil 1985—Dewe Rogerson Ltd Cable and Wireless 1985 —Collett Dickinson, Pearce and Partners Ltd

It is not the practice to disclose the value of individual contracts between the Government and their advisers.

I regret that information about years before 1980 cannot be provided without a disproportionate expenditure of time and resources.