HC Deb 13 January 2004 vol 416 cc677-8W
Mr. Gerald Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure on information campaigns and advertising was for his Department for each year since 1997. [145673]

Mr. Caplin

Details of the Ministry of Defence's expenditure on advertising and publicity have historically been included in the annual Departmental Performance Reports, copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House. For 1996–97 the information is shown on page 49 Cm 3781; for 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.

Figures for 1998–99 were not provided in the Annual Performance Report and are as follows:

Category Expenditure

(£ million)

Royal Navy/Royal Fleet Auxiliary 6.65
Army 11.77
Royal Air Force 10.17
Civilian 3.27
Catergory Expenditure
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)


The introduction of Resource Accounting and Budgeting in the Ministry of Defence has changed the way we account for and record our expenditure. I can confirm that the final outturn for publicity and recruitment, which includes advertising, for 2002–03 was £52.5 million. However, the detailed breakdown could be provided only at disproportionate cost.