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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its arm’s-length bodies since May 2010.
Reimbursed expenses paid to press officers by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport between May 2010 and the end of May 2012 were £617.70. These payments were made in connection with travel and subsistence costs, but we are unable to analyse in more detail without incurring disproportionate costs.
The Department's agency (The Royal Parks Agency) has paid £117.42 in reimbursable expenses to its press officers since May 2010.
The Department does not hold this information for its arm’s length bodies. Accordingly, I have asked their chief executives to write directly to the hon. Member with this information.
A copy of the letters will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.