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Departmental Staff

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff were employed on a consultancy basis in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the (i) average and (ii) longest period was for which a consultant was employed in each year. (102979)

The number of consultants engaged by the Department is not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communication officers, (c) press officers and (d) promotional officers are employed in his Department; and what estimate he has made of the total expenditure on communications for the Department 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. (104223)

The number of staff involved in communications as at 1 March 2007 is as follows:

Number

Press Officers

21

Marketing Officers

37

It is not possible to break down expenditure by types of communications staff. There are no special advisers in the communications function.

The total amount spent on advertising in 2005-06 was £8.3 million. This includes radio, TV and press advertising and is exclusive of VAT.