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Departmental Correspondence

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which section in his Department is responsible for answering correspondence from hon. Members and peers; and how many staff work in that section. (177237)

DCMS have a central team—the Central Information and Briefing Unit—that drafts the majority of responses to correspondence from hon. Members and peers and the general public. This team is currently staffed at just under 17 full-time equivalents (FTE), but has a variety of other non-correspondence duties. In addition, some responses (roughly a quarter of the overall volume) are drafted in full by officials working directly on the policy area in question.

DCMS aims to provide a comprehensive and responsive service to its inquiries, and the central team have contributed significantly toward this aim. From 1 January 2007 to 31 October 2007 (the last date where data is currently available) the Department responded to 74.35 per cent. of hon. Members and peers letters within 20 working days of receipt, and 90.58 per cent. of correspondence from the general public to the same timescale.