263. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the communications, press and public relations budget allocated to his Department for 2018; the way in which it is being spent; if it is behind or ahead of profile; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39376/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department does not specifically allocate a budget to communications, press and public relations for any given year. The main exception to the above is Cosc - the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence - which allocates a budget to the annual spend on its national campaign against domestic and sexual violence, "What Would You Do?". The budget allocated for 2018 is €1,100,000, of which €535,404.53 has been spent to date. It is projected that the entire budget will be utilised by the end of the year.
All other external communications expenditure is typically taken from the funds allocated for the general administration of the Department. The balance of this spend to date is €98,614, which has largely been spent on communications in relation to the Commission of Future Policing and anti-human trafficking initiatives.