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BBC External Services: Manpower

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the headcount of the BBC World Service and the Russian language service was in each of the last five years. (197670)

The information is as follows.

Headcount (equivalent full-time) for the BBC World Service in each of the last five years:

Financial years

UK

Overseas

Year end total

2003-04

1,363

358

1,721

2004-05

1,420

457

1,877

2005-06

1,368

491

1,859

2006-07

1,255

456

1,711

2007-08

1,395

490

1,885

Headcount (equivalent full-time) for the BBC Russian Service in each of the last five years:

Financial years

UK

Locally engaged

Year end total

2003-04

55

41

96

2004-05

51

44

95

2005-06

57

40

97

2006-07

62

41

103

2007-08

63

47

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