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Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press office staff were employed by (a) her 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. (189649)

Media relations for the whole Department and agencies are handled by the Home Office Communication Directorate based press office. Press office staff who deal with the media 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 non-departmental bodies are not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

Press officers

1999

13

2000

16

20011

31

2002

35

2003

39

2004

43

2005

38

20062

34

2007

35

March 20083

32

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 five Border and Immigration Agency regional press officers; whose posts were created in 2007.