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Departmental Staff

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communications officers and (c) press officers are employed in her Department; and what the total expenditure on communications for her Department was on (i) Government Information and Communication Service staff and (ii) other (A) press officers, (B) special advisers and (C) staff in the last year for which figures are available. (104365)

The number of press officers currently employed in the DCMS press office is 13. The number of marketing staff currently employed by DCMS is 5.5.

The communications expenditure for the last financial year (2005-06) was £855,000.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff there were in her Department as of 30 November in each year since 1997; and what the change in the departmental complement has been since the implementation of the recommendations of the Gershon review of public sector efficiency. (106895)

The data for 30 November in each year are not available; instead data are available for 31 March each year. In March 2006 there were 518 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff in DCMS and 119 in Royal Parks, its one agency, a total of 637.

DCMS has no complement as such but has an agreed headcount reduction of 27 over the period April 2004 to March 2008. Since then, with the agreement of HM Treasury, a new Government Olympic Executive has been created in DCMS which currently employs 32.5 (FTE) staff.

Historical information on the number of people employed by DCMS and the Royal Parks, is available in the Library and on the civil service website at: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/reports/index.asp