HC Deb 19 December 2003 vol 416 c50W
Mrs. May

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on marketing in each year since 1997. [144886]

Mr. Darling

Annual expenditure for the years requested are as follows:

£ million
1997–98 18.8
1998–99 18.2
1999–2000 26.9
2000–01 32.0
2001–02 15.0
2002–03 17.6

For the latest year, 2002–03, approximately ¾ of the expenditure relates to Think! which promotes road safety messages to adults and children and is a vital part of the Government's strategy to reduce deaths and injuries.

Until 2001 figures for expenditure cover the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, (DTLR) and the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR). Breaking out the transport element for the years 1997–98 to 2000–01 could be done only at disproportionate cost.

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