EC Internal Relations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which projects were funded by her Department's budget for EU Communications in each year since 1997; and how much the total budget was in each year.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The spend in each financial year from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) EU Directorate budget codes related to EU communications in the UK are:

1997-98 (1)13,500
1998-99 (2)
1999-2000 102,574
2000-01 258,000
2001-02 246,819
2002-03 167,891
2003-04 604,730
2004-05 400,499
2005-06(3) 274,274
2006-07 (4)
2007-08 (5)265,000
(1 )Excluding EU presidency EU communications.

(2 )Figures not available.

(3 )Plus £434,233 EU presidency public diplomacy.

(4 )Final figures not yet available

(5 )Allocated budget:

Funding may have been provided from other FCO budgets, for example on activities relating to the EU's roles on a range of FCO strategic priorities, for the 1998 UK presidency and for activities by UK embassies in Europe. Given the wide range of possible budgets and relevant projects comprehensive details could only be collated at disproportionate cost.

In line with the FCO's public service agreement, FCO spending on EU communications covers a wide range of projects to raise awareness and debate on EU issues, such as:

the website, publications and public events on EU issues.

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