§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rules govern the use by public utility regulators of public money to hire Government relations consultants.
§ Mr. Portillo
The rules governing the use of public relations consultants are contained in the Cabinet Office document "Guidance on Government Publicity and Advertising", which is available in the Library of the House. General principles on the purchase of consultancy services are set out in section 31 of "Government Accounting".