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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) press and (b) communications officers her Department employed in each of the last 10 years. (182518)

Press and Communications Officers in the Home Office are employed at the Information and Senior Information Officer grades. The following table provides information on the numbers of staff employed or managed by the Communication Directorate during the past 10 years. Data on staff numbers in earlier years and the rest of the department are not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

Press Officers

Communication Officers

Total

1999

13

12

25

2000

16

15

31

20011

31

19

50

2002

35

24

59

2003

39

18

57

2004

43

27

70

2005

38

20

58

20062

34

23

57

2007

35

21

54

20083

32

23

56

1 Prison Service and Core Home Office Press Office merged.

2 The total number of Press officers for 2006 onwards includes two part timers, who are employed as a job share.

3 Machinery of Government changes May 2007, 11 Press Officer posts transferred to the Ministry of Justice. The total also includes 5 Borders and Immigration Agency Regional Press Officers, whose posts were created in 2007.