Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (143)

Michael Ring

Ceist:

219 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Finance the amount which was spent in his Department from January 2002 to December 2003 for media purposes and advertising; the areas in which the money was spent, that is, national papers, provincial papers, RTE radio, local radios and so on; the amounts spent on a year to year basis; and the amount of money which was spent on videos, whether for promotional, educational or advertising purposes. [4061/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Finance)

The amounts set out below were spent on media advertising by my Department for the years 2002 and 2003. The breakdown between categories has been estimated in some cases.

2002

2003

National press

55,125

55,924.22

Local press

5,603

6,886.79

National radio

7,626

nil

Local radio

1,907

nil

Training video

219.14

nil

Other*

46,927

28,471.18

*This category includes Aertel pages, phone book advertisements and related production and design costs and, for 2003, promotional material in relation to the e-tenders website.

In addition, the Euro Changeover Board of Ireland, ECBI, which came under the remit of my Department, had spending in 2002 for media advertising. The following is the breakdown available.

Item

Television

223,515

Radio

161,756

Press

808,509

Outdoor, etc.

46,960

Furthermore, in 2002 a total of €307,519 was also paid in this area by the Department and the ECBI which is not possible to breakdown in the manner requested by the Deputy. The vast bulk of it related to advertising agency fees, production costs and public relations services in relation to the ECBI.

It should be noted that the figures in this reply do not include spending by the NDP-CSF unit.