To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent from the public purse on influencing public policy through (a) employing external (i) public affairs companies, (ii) strategic consultancies and (iii) corporate communications firms, (b) external marketing and (c) other activities in each of the last 10 years.
The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, as part of the new Government's transparency agenda, all spending over £500 can be found online on the departmental website for 2008-09 onwards. I also refer my hon. Friend to the Secretary of State's press release of