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Press Office

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people are employed in her Department's Press Office; and how many were employed on 2 May 1997. [108402]

The information for all years from 1996–97 is as follows:

YearNumber of press officersAnnual cost (£)
1996–976195,000
1997–986243,000
1998–994240,000
1999–20003.3100,000
2000–014.5150,000
2001–024148,000
2002–035191,000
For 1996–97 to 1997–98 the figures are taken from the "Government Information and Communications Service" (HC 770) published by the Select Committee on Public Administration (29 July 1998) and include the Head and Deputy Head of Information Department who were not fully employed on press duties but whose costs cannot be disaggregated from the totals. Separate records have not been maintained by DFID for those years.From 1999–2000 to 2002–03 the costs include annual salary and pension contributions.

There are five people employed in the DFID press office. From the information available, as indicated above, there were six people employed on 2 May 1997.