Written Answers. - Government Contracts.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

107 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Tourism and Trade the number and names of public relations firms which have obtained Government contracts in the past 15 months; the value of such contracts; the terms of reference; the reason for such contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

My Department engaged one public relations firm, Carr Communications, with effect from 12 January 1993. The terms of reference of the contract cover the provision of advice, assistance and training for my Department in relation to all aspects of public relations and communication through the various media. This firm was retained because of the specialised expertise it can provide in these areas.

The value of this contract is £26,000 per annum exclusive of VAT and certain third party costs which are on the basis of vouched receipts. The fee is subject to review on an annual basis.

The total cost of the contract in the 14 months ended March 1994, inclusive of VAT and other charges, was £41,291.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

108 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications the number and names of public relations firms which have obtained Government contracts in the past 15 months; the value of such contracts; the terms of reference; the reason for such contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

My Department uses the services of Drury Communications Ltd. in a media advisory capacity. The cost of this in 1993 was £20,108.30.

No other contracts were obtained by public relations companies over the last 15 months.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

109 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform the number and names of public relations firms which have obtained Government contracts in the past 15 months; the value of such contracts; the terms of reference; the reason for such contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

My Department has placed no contracts with any public relations firms since it was established on 21 January 1993.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

110 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht the number and names of public relations firms which have obtained Government contracts in the past 15 months; the value of such contracts; the terms of reference; the reason for such contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Ní raibh a leithéid i gceist i gcás mo Roinne-se.

Ní miste a lua, áfach, gur íocadh £1,398 sa tréimhse a luaitear le comhlacht amháin — Montague Communications — a fostaíodh go príomha chun comhairle a chur ar fáil maidir le hoifig eolais i mo Roinnse a fhorbairt. Obair oiliúna ar feadh roinnt laethanta a bhí i gceist don chuid is mó.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

111 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the number and names of public relations firms which have obtained Government contracts in the past 15 months; the value of such contracts; the terms of reference; the reason for such contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I refer the Deputy to my reply to a similar question on 8 February 1994 (see Dáil Official Report volume 438 No. 4 columns 999 to 1000) in respect of the year 1993.

In 1994 two public relations companies have been engaged by my Department as follows:—

Drury Communications Ltd.

To develop and assist in the implementation of a communications policy in connection with the publication of the National Health Strategy document. The value of the contract is £24,300.
(2)Total Communications
The co-ordinate activities for National Healthy Eating Week, 1994. The value of the contract was £31,216.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

112 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education the number and names of public relations firms which have obtained Government contracts in the past 15 months; the value of such contracts; the terms of reference; the reason for such contracts; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the tabular statement below in relation to contracts obtained from the Department of Education:

Name of Company

Nature of Service

Expenditure

£

Fleishman, Hillard Saunders Ltd.,

Production of Sports Section Annual Report.

8,000.00

Organisation of Press Conferences and Media Functions on behalf of Cospóir.

14,000.00

Aidan Meade Ltd.

Media/presentation skills.

1,800.00