House of Commons expenditure on public information services (2012)

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House of Commons expenditure on public information services 2009-2012 (PDF PDF 240 KB)

 Cost of external public relations support

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
72,700 120,600 13,900 14,000

External support provided by:

2007 – 2008: Luther Pendragon
2008 – 2009: SCDodd Comms Ltd, Colman Getty (Big Ben)
2009- 2010: SCDodd Comms Ltd, Colman Getty (Big Ben), COI

Staff employed in the Media and Communications Service

2010-2011     13
2009-2010     10
2008-2009     9
2007-2008     9
In 2009-10 an additional A Band post was created, together with an additional Select Committee Media Officer to support regional committees for one year only. In 2011 – 2012, 3 further posts were created to meet additional requirements in the new 2010 parliament, with an increased focus on explaining the work, role and history of the House, and the work of the Speaker and House of Commons Commission (previously on an external contract) was brought in-House.

The staff in the Media and Communications Service comprises 13 staff, including 2 Senior Media Advisors and 8 Media Advisors.

The most expensive public relations campaign was the distribution of the “new voters’ guide” – a brief publication sent to young people as they approached their 18th birthday. This ceased in December 2010. This was an annual campaign and the highest cost since 2008-09 was £475,600 in 2008-09.

Two directors responsible for public information and engagement services (including the services in the responses above):
Director of Public Information, Edward Wood
Director of Public Engagement, Aileen Walker
Both roles are on the SCS1 pay band which has a range of £58,200 to £93,380 per annum (£77,648 to £125,950 including pension and national insurance costs).