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Departments: Information Officers

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by (a) Skills for Care, (b) learndirect, (c) the Basic Skills Agency and (d) the Quality Improvement Agency for Lifelong Learning. (154676)

Details of the employment of press officers by the organisations concerned are given as follows:

(a) Skills for Care

Has one press officer. Skills for Care is part of the alliance of organisations that forms the Skills for Care and Development Sector Skills Council.

(b) learndirect

Is a University for Industry (UfI Ltd) initiative. UfI employs no dedicated press officers, It has a six strong communications function responsible for handling of press enquiries with 1.5 full-time equivalent posts covering this work.

(c) The Basic Skills Agency (BSA)

Merged with the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education on 30 June (NIACE), BSA has no press officers, NIACE employs one dedicated press officer,

(d) The Quality Improvement Agency

Employs no dedicated press officers. It has a four strong communications team responsible for handling all QIA corporate communications activities including press office functions with 0.25 full-time equivalent posts covering this work.