Apex Communications

Justice written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what payments were made from the public purse, on what dates, and for what purposes to Euro RSCG Apex Communications in respect of (a) the Carter Review of Prisons and (b) the Review of Funding of Political Parties; and what ongoing financial or contractual arrangements exist in each case.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The responses covering each review are as follows:

(a) Carter Review of Prisons

Dates of invoices: 30 July 2007, 24 August 2007, 21 September 2007, 22 October 2007, 28 November 2007

Amounts: £2,350.00 per invoice

Total payments: £11,750.00

Purpose: fee for communications support

The work of Lord Carter's Review of Prisons has concluded therefore no ongoing financial or contractual arrangements exist.

(b) Review of the Funding of Political Parties

Date of invoice: 26 March 2007

Amount: £9,940.50

Purpose: fee for communications support

Date of invoice: 8 August 2007

Amount: £5,875.00

Purpose: fee for communications support

Date of invoice: 28 November 2007

Amount: £4,700.00

Purpose: Work relating to the conclusion of the inter-party talks

Date of invoice: 28 January 2008

Amount: £1,175.00

Purpose: Additional work for Sir Hayden Phillips

All figures are inclusive of VAT.

These invoices include work carried out by Euro RSCG Apex Communications for both the Review of the Funding of Political Parties and the Inter-Party Talks on Party Funding. Both of the reviews have concluded so there are no ongoing financial or contractual arrangements.

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