§ Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications there have been for Premature Voluntary Release from(a) 40,(b) 42 and (c) 45 Commando in each month of the past year. 
§ Dr. Moonie
Details of Ministry of Defence expenditure on advertising and publicity are contained in the annual MOD Performance Reports. For 1995–96 the information is shown on page 32, Cm 3448; for 1996–97 the information is shown on page 49, Cm 3781; 1997–98 the information is shown on page 49, Cm 4170; for 1999–2000 the information is shown on page 60, Cm 5000; for 2000–01 the information is shown on page 68, Cm 5290 and for 2001–02 the information is shown on page 71, Cm 5661.
Copies of these reports are available in the House.857W
Figures for 1998–99 were not provided in the annual performance report and are as follows:
£million Category Expenditure Recruitment Royal Navy/Royal Fleet Auxiliary 6.65 Army 11.77 Royal Air Force 10.17 Civilian 3.27 PR, Marketing and Business Support Services 0.84 Chief of Public Relations Expenditure 2.39 Sales Promotion 1.06 Scholarships 0.38 National Employers Liaison Committee (Territorial Army) 1.05
The expenditure for advertising and publicity is spread among many different budgets and budget holders. The Department thus does not have a central advertising and publicity budget and forecast information—in this case for financial year 2002–03—could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, as in past years, information on the outturn figure is collated and is expected to be included in the 2002–03 performance report, when that document is published.
The breakdown of expenditure on publicity and advertising by agencies and non-departmental public bodies sponsored by the Ministry of Defence is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.