LIBERAL DEMOCRAT treasury spokesman Malcolm Bruce has attacked government plans to spend over £250m on advertising and publicity in the current fiscal. Bruce has compiled figures from parliamentary written answers that show sharp increases in planned expenditure, particularly in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (up from £25,000 to £500,000 in just four years) and in the Lord Chancellor's department, where adspend is set to more than treble. These figures, alleges Bruce, will do nothing to allay the mounting concern about the government's promotional profligacy: 'This government should concentrate on getting its policy right, not its publicity', quoth he.
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