Skip to main content

Departments: Manpower

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff were employed in the press offices of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each year since 2001. (135243)

The number of press officers in Core DEFRA is tabulated as follows, with the census point for the number of press officers taken as June for each year. The staffing numbers for the Press Office fluctuate during the course of any one year.

Staff number as at June

Press officers

2001

22

2002

22

2003

22

2004

18

2005

24

2006

24

The DEFRA Press Office provides services for the Central Science Laboratory, Government Decontamination Service, Marine and Fisheries Agency, Pesticide Safety Directorate, Veterinary Laboratory Agency, and Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

The number of staff employed in the press offices of each of the remaining DEFRA agencies of CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences) and the Rural Payments Agency, in each year since 2001 is tabulated as follows:

Agency

CEFAS

RPA

2001

0.02

0.2

2002

0.03

0.2

2003

0.03

0.2

2004

0.68

0.2

2005

1.0

0.2

2006

1.0

1.0

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies spent on staff employed in press agencies in each year since 2001. (135244)

The salary and directly related costs for all permanent and temporary staff for both Press Officers and support staff were as follows:

Financial year

£ million

2001-02

1.3

2002-03

1.2

2003-04

1.1

2004-05

1.3

2005-06

1.8

2006-07

1.5

The DEFRA Press Office provides press office services for the Central Science Laboratory, Government Decontamination Service, Marine and Fisheries Agency, Pesticide Safety Directorate, Veterinary Laboratory Agency, and Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

The costs for Press Officers and support staff in each of the remaining DEFRA agencies of CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences) and the Rural Payments Agency, in each year since 2001 were as follows:

£

Agency

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

CEFAS

900

936

18,140

41,222

50,201

43,553

RPA

6,000

6,000

6,000

6,000

40,000

132,000