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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) press and (b) communications officers his Department and its agencies employed in each of the last five years. (187580)

The number of press officers employed by the Department in each of the last five years is:

Press officers

2003-04

10

2004-05

9

2005-06

113

2006-07

113

2007-08

110

1 This includes press officers working on the Olympics.

The Department does not have a “communication officer” grade. The “White Book” of contacts in Government Departments and Agencies contains listings for the Department and the book is updated twice yearly.

The Department has only one Agency, the Royal Parks Agency. The number of officers employed in the Royal Parks Agency is:

Press officers

Communications officers

2003-04

0

1

2004-05

0

1

2005-06

1

1

2006-07

1

1

2007-08

1

1