HC Deb 17 May 2004 vol 421 cc764-5W
John McDonnell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on(a) internal communications and (b) advertising internal initiatives in each of the last five years. [163577]

Fiona Mactaggart

The information is as follows:

(a) The Home Office is a large organisation with inter-related aims so it is important that the 73,000 staff throughout the department and its agencies understand how the work that they do fits together to deliver the departmental outcomes. The department achieves this through the production of a range of services and publications. Examples are Home Office Today—a daily on-line news service for staff, and Inside Track the corporate staff magazine. In addition each agency keeps its own staff informed of internal activities through agency publications. Together the Department and its agencies spent the following sums on internal communications staffing and products:

2001–02 3,670,000
2002–03 4,080,000
2003–04 4,180,000
Figures for previous years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

(b) The figures in (a) above include the cost of advertising internal initiatives to Home Office staff and cannot be separately identified.