Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ceisteanna (265)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

265. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount spent on public relations, promotion and advertising, including multimedia, in his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019 (details supplied) in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48241/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

My Departmental remit includes complex policy areas, oversight of State regulation and service provision across key strategic services such as energy and public service broadcasting, as well as regulation of sectors such as mining and hydrocarbon exploration. Given the technical complexity, economic significance and community interest in these areas, there is a requirement to disseminate information and to address specific issues as they arise. My Department therefore necessarily incurs some expenditure on a number of advertising campaigns to promote its policies / programmes from time to time. In procuring these services, my Department always seeks to ensure value for money and the keeping of expenditure to the minimum necessary.

The expenditure incurred includes the promotion of a number of significant programmes/campaigns associated with my Department such as the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, the Waste Campaign and the Tellus project run by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI).

The information requested is outlined in tabular format below:

2016

2017

2018

To date 2019

Total expenditure on public relations, promotion and advertising including multi-media

€171,407

€791,987*

€340,442

€473,253

*VAT not payable on €450 of this amount