HC Deb 04 December 1995 vol 268 cc139-40W
Mr. Blunkett

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list the expenditure on publicity by her Department in 1994–95 and 1995–96

Mr. Robin Squire

Information on the numbers of teaching and non-teaching staff employed by local authorities is collected by a local government management board on behalf of the joint staffing watch group. The table provides information for England as at June of each year. The coverage of these figures does not reflect the 2,500 increase in teacher numbers in maintained schools between January 1994 and January 1995.

broken down into spending on (a) television, (b) radio, (c) newspapers and (d) other matters; and what is the protected spending on publicity in 1996–97. [3983]

Mr. Robin Squire

Before the merger in July 1995, the Department operated separately as the Department for Education and the Employment Department. We will continue to follow separately funded programmes of publicity until the end of the financial year 1995–96.

Expenditure on publicity by the Department is:

(a) Television 2,778.3
(b) Radio 441.6
(c) Newspapers and posters 3,257.8 147.1
(d) Other matters 2,528.4 7,941.2
1995–96 (estimated)
(a) Television
(b) Radio 3,376.7 300
(c) Newspapers and posters 1,312.6 5,130
(d) Other matters

The projected spending on publicity in the 1996–97 public expenditure survey allocation for the Department is £13,040,000. Details on how this will be divided between various forms of publicity have not yet been agreed.