Government Publicity: Managing the News



Nowhere in British politics during the 1980s was the use of marketing techniques more extensive or more contentious than in the field of government publicity. Government’s relations with the media, particularly with television and the Westminster correspondents’ lobby, and the allegedly improper use of the Number 10 Downing Street press office, became political issues during Mrs Thatcher’s second administration. In her third term, the scale and nature of government advertising became matters of public debate and investigation by both the Public Accounts Committee and the Treasury and Civil Service Committee. In the period 1987–9 government advertising attracted more criticism, comment, controversy, parliamentary questions and debate, than at any time since the Second World War. More than 100 parliamentary questions were asked on the subject in the session 1987/88 alone.


Prime Minister Information Officer Government Information Chief Information Officer Cabinet Minister 
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© Margaret Scammell 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Politics and Communication StudiesUniversity of LiverpoolUK

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