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Departmental Staff

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communications officers and (c) press officers are employed in his Department; and what the total expenditure on communications for his 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. (104224)

The Government information and communication service has now been replaced by the Government communication network. The categories of staff asked about do not match the recognised GCN “specialisms”. The two categories of staff that do fit are press and marketing officers.

As of the 31 October 2006 the number of press officers employed was 37, and the number of marketing officers was 15. All were employed with the Department’s communication directorate.

The latest full year’s communication expenditure data available is for 2005-06. The total marketing expenditure for that year was £22.1 million.

This included all marketing campaigns, and publications. The total press communications spend for the same financial year was £182,000.