Departmental Marketing

Justice written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department, its predecessor and its agencies spent on promotional items carrying the Department's branding and logo in the last five years; and what those items were.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice was established on 9 May 2007. Prior to 2007-08, the information requested can be extracted from predecessor departments only at disproportionate cost.

Expenditure on branded promotional items in the last two years is shown as follows:

Ministry of Justice headquarters
Calendar year Item Cost (£)( 1)
2008 Mouse Mats 1,901
Pens 1,783
Leaflets 15,654
Banners and Stands 2,444
Letterheads, complement slips 556
Posters 6,412
Lanyards 1,888
Mugs 1,163
Polo Shirts 708
Total 32,509
2009 Pens 409
Leaflets 6,188
Banners and Stands 2,829
Posters 4,386
Post-it Notes 409
Letterheads, complement slips 483
Lanyards 753
Glass Awards 778
Table Cloth 280
Polo Shirts 921
Total 17,436
(1) These figures are exclusive of VAT.

The largest item of expenditure was on leaflets to explain to the public the functions and services delivered by the Ministry of Justice as a new Department of State.

Her Majesty's Court Service
Financial Year Item Cost (£)( 1)
2007-08 Key rings 2,753
Pens 1,571
Mouse Mats 715
Probate Balloons 583
Puzzles 825
Total 6,447
2008-09 Key rings 2,797
Pens 6,004
Marketing Materials-pens, pads and pencils 725
Mouse Mats 2,420
Total 11,946
(1) These figures are exclusive of VAT.

In 2007-08 HMCS purchased branded trophies for the HMCS Awards at a cost of £414.68 (exclusive of VAT).

Office of the Public Guardian
Item Cost (£)( 1)
Banners and Stands 432
1,200 Launch Leaflets 253
Recycled pens 3,183
Trio Highlighters 2,553
Post-it Note pads 2,055
Recycled Mouse pads 927
Mint Cards 638
Bags 2,138
Mental Capacity Act DVDs 1,003
DVD production 14,950
Forms and guidance CDs 12,410
"Who would look after your finances?" leaflet 2,086
Sundry other items 1,081
Total 43,709
(1 )These figure are exclusive of VAT

All of the above expenditure was incurred when the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) was created on 1 October 2007 as a result of the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The purpose of the promotional items was to raise public awareness of the Office of the Public Guardian and its new responsibilities. DVDs and CDs were distributed to OPG customers from October 2007 until stocks ran out in 2009 (CDs) and early 2010 (DVDs). Banners ordered for the launch of the OPG have subsequently been used at exhibit opportunities from 2007 to date, together with other leftover items. Tribunal Service

In 2007-08 the Tribunal Service purchased 2,000 eco-friendly cotton bags for £2,241 (exclusive of VAT). There was no promotional spend in 2008-09.

National Offenders Management Service

The National Offenders Management Service (NOMS) accounting system does not enable expenditure on promotional items to be identified separately from other office supplies and stationery expenditure. Promotional expenditure could only be identified by circularising local NOMS business units, including 134 prisons and 42 local probation boards and trusts, who would be required to examine their local records to identify relevant expenditure, this would incur disproportionate cost.

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