§ Pete Wishart
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much expenditure his Department has incurred in each year since 1997 on employing external consultants to deal with the press or public relations of his Department. 
§ Mr. Leslie
I have been asked to reply.
Details on expenditure incurred by the former DTLR in the period 1998–99 to 2001–01 on employing external PR consultants are as follows:
£ Department Agencies 1998–99 0 5,000 1999–2000 683,600 4,300 2000–01 748,900 84,500 2001–02 621,386 13,500
Following departmental changes, DTLR expenditure for the period 1997–98 and expenditure by non-departmental public bodies over the period could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.