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Further PR spending on abuse inquiry is not ruled out

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SPENDING more money on public relations after the release of the report in historical child abuse has not been ruled out by the Chief Minister but further media training before the report will 'not be undertaken'.

In the States this morning, Chief Minister Ian Gorst was asked to clarify how much had been spent on media training for ministers and chief officers ahead of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report.

The JEP revealed last month that the States had spent £18,000 on engaging former Tory spin doctor Ramsay Jones on top of another £33,500 on training from Portland Communications.

In response to a question from Deputy Russell Labey, Senator Gorst said: 'No future training will be undertaken before the publication of the report.

'If specialist advice is needed post-publication, I undertake to keep this Assembly informed.'

The inquiry is due to release its report on Monday 3 July.

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