It was revealed that the COI would be scrapped following a review of government communications. Government events will be handled by the DFE under a new framework led by the Creative Choice consortium.
Hughes said: "A lot of key staff are on holiday, but a programme of transition is in place. We expect to reveal more in mid-September."
The DFE framework covers work including conferences and exhibitions as well as a range of services such as design, branding and media.