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Border and Immigration Agency: Information Officers

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) national and (b) regional press officers were employed by the Border and Immigration Agency and its predecessor, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, in each of the last 10 years. (158700)

Between 2000 and 2004, one Chief Immigration Officer was usually attached to the Home Office press office as part of a rolling secondment programme.

In 2004, the secondment programme was discontinued and instead IND funded until January 2007 the salary of an additional permanent Government information officer based in the Home Office press office to work on immigration issues.

Since February 2007, IND/BIA has funded the salaries of three Government information officers based in the Home Office press office.

BIA has since April 2007 funded the recruitment and appointment of five new information officers and one senior information officer to work to each of the regional directors.