HC Deb 26 January 2004 vol 417 cc3-4W
Mrs. May

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much her Department spent on advertising in each year since its creation; [144885]

(2) how much her Department spent on marketing in each year since its creation. [144887]

Margaret Beckett

The Department does not maintain separate records of its expenditure on advertising. The expenditure for publicity by Defra's Communications Directorate, includes marketing, advertising, publications, events, shows and direct information literature mailings, and is recorded for the financial years since Defra's creation in June 2001 as follows:

2001–02 6.6
2002–03 4.7
2003–04 13.7
1 Estimated.

This includes communication on a very wide range of matters of interest, both necessary and beneficial to the public, the wide range of industries in which Defra has an interest, together with local government, voluntary organisations and other bodies.