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Departments: Information Officers

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many press officers are employed by his Department; (153026)

(2) how many press officers are employed by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many press officers are employed by the Land Registry; [154130]

(2) how many press officers are employed by HM Court Service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many press officers are employed by the Office of the Information Commissioner; (154683)

(2) how many press officers are employed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority;

(3) how many press officers are employed by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many press officers are employed by the Boundary Commission for England; (154659)

(2) how many press officers are employed by the Public Guardianship Office;

(3) how many press officers are employed by the Parole Board for England and Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many press officers are employed by the Legal Services Commission; (154435)

(2) how many press officers are employed by Criminal Justice Information Technology;

(3) how many press officers are employed by the National Archives.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many press officers are employed by the Boundary Commission for Wales; (154469)

(2) how many press officers are employed by the Law Commission.

The information requested is in the following table.

Press officers

Ministry of Justice

21

Boundary Commission for England

10

Boundary Commission for Wales

10

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

2

Criminal Justice Information Technology

20

Her Majesty's Courts Service

2

Her Majesty's Land Registry

2

Law Commission

30

Legal Services Commission

4

National Archives

5

Office for Criminal Justice Reform

20

Office of the Information Commissioner

40

Parole Board

1

Public Guardianship Office

20

Youth Justice Board

4

1 The Boundary Commission for England or Wales have no dedicated press officers. However, press enquiries are dealt with by the general secretariat staff (primarily the Secretary to the Commission). 2 Media relations are handled centrally by the Ministry of Justice Press Office. 3 The Law Commission has a two-person communications team. It deals with press enquiries, the Commission's publicity and marketing, the Commission's website, and the publication of the Commission's reports and consultation papers. 4 The Office of the Information Commissioner has used the equivalent of 21 days of contracted press officer time. The information requested has been provided by the Information Commissioner's Office, an independent body created by statute with responsibility for handling complaints made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998.