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Electoral Commission Staff

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many (a) public relations and (b) marketing staff the Electoral Commission employs; what the annual wage costs were for staff in each category in the last year for which figures are available; and what the (i) job titles and (ii) functions are of each of these staff. (78294)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it does not categorise its staff in this way. However, it employs 10 staff whose duties it considers to fall, in whole or in part, within the two areas referred to. They consist of four press officers, two staff dealing with parliamentary affairs, and four staff working on voter information campaigns. Their total annual wage costs in 2005-06 were £116,404, £62,892 and £108,129 respectively.

I have asked the Electoral Commission to write to my hon. Friend with the full details of the job titles and functions of these staff, and to place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.