Transport 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 Transport what payments the Northern Lighthouse Board made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; and on what dates and for what purpose the payment was made in each case.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Grayling Political Strategy has a contract with the Northern Lighthouse Board to provide the following services to highlight issues directly or indirectly affecting the board.

1. provide full information, intelligence and advisory service covering the proceedings of (i) the Scottish Parliament, its Committees, the Scottish Government and the political parties in Scotland; (ii) the UK Parliament, its Committees, the UK Government and the political parties in UK; and (iii) the European Parliament, its Committees, and the European Commission;

2. maintain a watching brief on issues directly or indirectly affecting the board in the Isle of Man by monitoring activities at Tynwald and the Manx Government; and

3. monitor all UK National and Scottish and Manx newspapers and the Edinburgh Gazette.

The contract payment arrangement is for a flat rate monthly fee. Total payments over the last five years, including payments to Strategy in Scotland who were taken over by Grayling Political Strategy, were as follows:

2003-04 18,000
2004-05 20,017.50
2005-06 20,538.75
2006-07 32,180
2007-08 50,398

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