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Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many press office staff were employed by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i) in each year since 1996-97 and (ii) at the latest date for which information is available. (189686)

The Department for International Development (DFID) does not have any agencies, and is responsible for two non-departmental public bodies—the Crown Agents Holding and Realisation Board and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, which do not have any press officers. The number of such staff in DFID since 1997, when the department was established, is shown in the following table:

Number

1997

6

1998

6

1999

4

2000

4

2001

5

2002

4

2003

6

2004

7

2005

7

2006

6

2007

6

Now

7