Departmental Lobbying

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

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.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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 5 August 2010 which highlighted the unacceptable spending by government arms' length bodies on lobbying government and HM Opposition. We have instructed these bodies to cancel their lobbying contracts.

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