Dáil Éireann - Volume 605 - 28 June, 2005

Written Answers - Public Relations Contracts.

  134. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount spent by his Department on employing the services of modelling agencies which provide models for press launches; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22271/05]

  789. Ms Enright asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount spent by his Department or agencies under the authority of his Department, on the services of models for use in departmental promotional activities, during policy launches or other departmental events since 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21983/05]

  Mr. Roche:I propose to take Questions Nos. 134 and 789 together.

My Department does not employ the services of modelling agencies. A number of consultancy firms are utilised from time to time to promote awareness of issues relating to my Department’s functions. Invitations to tender would require the successful firms to implement high-impact awareness campaigns, including a national campaign launch, information leaflets, design, printing and dissemination of posters, instructional videos, local and national advertising or general media briefing. Subject only to general guidance from my Department, the format of public information campaigns and the manner in which they are conducted are matters for the selected firms. Any costs incurred by agencies under the aegis of my Department is a matter for those agencies and [598] accordingly details of such costs are not available in my Department.

Question No. 135 answered with Question No. 64.

Question No. 136 answered with Question No. 37.