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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) press and (b) communications officers his Department employed in each year since its establishment. (182515)

The Department for International Development was established in 1997. The number of press officers in that and each subsequent year are shown in the following table.

Number of press officers

1997

6

1998

6

1999

4

2000

4

2001

5

2002

4

2003

6

2004

7

2005

7

2006

6

2007

6

Now

7

Communication is integral to DFID’s work, and many staff in different teams in our UK headquarters and network of overseas offices are involved in communication work. It is not therefore possible to identify all such staff without incurring disproportionate cost.