Government Departments: Marketing

Treasury written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2010, Official Report, column 604W, on Government departments: marketing, what the estimated level of savings is from reducing consultancy and marketing/advertising spend in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Budget 2010 announced that over £11 billion of savings have now been identified by Departments for the years from 2012-13. This includes over £650 million by 2012-13 from reducing departmental consultancy spend by 50 per cent. and departmental marketing and communications spend by 25 per cent. from 2008-09 spending levels, currently the most recent financial year that spending levels are available for. The 2008-09 spend is set out in the "Public Sector Procurement Expenditure Survey 2009", published alongside the Budget, it will be up to Departments to decide how they implement these cuts to ensure they meet the targets by 2012-13.

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