Buckingham Palace has published its communications costs for the
When communications secretary Simon Lewis joined the Palace last year,
it was agreed that responsibility for managing the communications budget
would transfer from the Central Office of Information to him.
’This is the first time we have produced a report and we are doing it
because we are committed to accountability and transparency,’ said
Last year, the Queen received public funds to pay for communications
from both the Central Office of Information and the Civil List.
Salaries for Lewis and his team are paid for from the Civil List, and
have not been published in the annual report. The State contributes
#75,000 to Lewis’ salary, and the rest is paid by Centrica, where he
worked before joining the Palace.
Other costs were paid for by the Central Office of Information. They
amounted to #470,000 for the year to 31 March 1999. Royal visits
accounted for #260,000, compared with #349,000 the year before. Costs
for the web site rose from #52,000 to #68,000, with a further #33,000
spent on a web site magazine.