HC Deb 26 June 1989 vol 155 c292W
Mr. Blair

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science which public relations firms his Department has employed and at what cost, for each year since 1979.

Mrs. Rumbold

The consistent practice of successive Governments has been to avoid the use of public relations firms or other firms outside government for public relations work, apart from their use by some Departments in the special circumstances of privatisation work.