HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 c23W
Miss Kirkbride

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on recruitment advertisements in the press, broken down by publication, by(a) his Department, (b) quangos under the Department and (c) non-departmental Government bodies under the Department (i) in the last year and (ii) since 1997. [145805]

Yvette Cooper

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was created on 29 May 2002.

The total cost of recruitment advertising in the press from 29 May 2002 to 31 December 2003 is £343,000.

The provision of a breakdown of costs by publication could only be provided at a disproportionate cost. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister use the most appropriate publication for recruitment advertising, be it national, regional, trade magazine or website, depending on the nature of the vacancy to be filled.

Information on costs incurred by quangos and NDPBs is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.