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Children's Commissioner for England: Information Officers

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press officers are employed by the Children’s Commissioner for England. (154553)

This is a matter for the Children’s Commissioner for England. Rob Williams, the chief executive of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, has written to the hon. Member with this information and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Rob Williams, dated 5 October 2007:

I am writing to you in response to the parliamentary question that you recently tabled 154553. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many press officers are employed by the Children’s Commissioner.

11 MILLION is a national organisation led by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Professor Sir Albert Aynsley-Green. Our mission is to use our powers and independence to ensure that the views of children and young people are routinely asked for, listened to and that outcomes for children improve over time. We aim to do this in partnership with others, by bringing children and young people into the heart of the decision-making process to increase understanding of their best interests.

Our two long-term goals are that children and young people see significant improvements in their wellbeing and can freely enjoy their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and that children and young people are more highly valued by adult society.

In the financial year 2007/08, 11 MILLION has the equivalent of 2.5 staff members spread across two full-time press officers and other communications staff.

A copy of this reply will be placed in the house library.