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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) press and (b) communications officers his Department employed in each year since its establishment. (182514)

The Ministry of Justice was formed in May 2007. As of 28 March, the Ministry of Justice employed 32 press officers. The MoJ does not have a 'communication officer' grade but does employ a number of communications specialist staff in a range of communications roles, including strategic communications, publicity and publications, web, and internal communications roles. The 'White Book' of Contacts in government departments and agencies contains listings for the Department and related offices and is updated twice yearly.

Information on the number of press officers for agencies of the MoJ is contained in the following table.

Organisation

Number of press officers

Number of communications officers

Parole Board

1

0

Office of the Public Guardian

0

5

OCJR

0

13

National Archives

5

2

Tribunal Service

1

5

Boundary Commissions for England and Wales

0

0

HMCS

3

11

YJB

3

0

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) highest and (b) lowest such bonus was in each of those years. (182723)

The Department can award bonuses to staff under its reward and recognition scheme which started in 2003. This scheme is a means by which managers agree small bonuses and special bonuses throughout the year to recognise particular pieces of work well done. The totals relating to this award scheme are given in the following tables. Information is supplied only for press officers. The Ministry of Justice does not have a ‘communication officer’ grade but does employ a number of communications specialist staff in a range of communications roles, including strategic communications, publicity and publications, web, and internal communications roles.

It is also possible to reward staff under the performance bonuses scheme. These are given to those staff assessed as top performers throughout the year. It is not possible to give details of bonuses given under this scheme in a reliable way.

Information on bonus information for agencies of the MoJ is contained in the tables.

Reward and recognition award scheme—Ministry of Justice Press Office

£

Highest amount

Lowest amount

Total

2003-04

750

20

3,212.98

2004-05

0

0

0

2005-06

500

30

735

2006-07

500

50

4,650

£

Organisation

Highest bonus

Lowest bonus

Total

Parole Board

500

0

500

Office of the Public Guardian

0

0

0

OCJR

0

0

0

National Archives

0

0

0

Tribunal Service

200

0

0

Boundary Commissions for England and Wales

0

0

0

HMCS

1

1

1

YJB

0

0

0

1 No information