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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1154-55W, on departmental information officers, if she will break down the figures provided by agency. (187802)

Further to my answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1154-55W, individual executive agency figures readily available for press officers and communication officers are as follows, together with corrected information. Some data are not available without disproportionate cost.

(a) Press officers

The full time equivalent number of staff employed on press officer activities for 2002-03 to 2007-08 is as follows:

Staff FTE

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

DfT Central

12.7

13.8

13.8

13

14.6

13.8

DSA

2

2

2

2

2

2

DVLA

7

7

7.5

7

7

5

GCDA

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

HA

6

6

6

6.8

11.1

12.2

MCA

2

2

2

2

2

2

VCA

0

0

0

0

0

0

VOSA

1

1

2

2

2

2

DfT agencies

18

18

19.5

19.8

24.1

23.2

DfT total

30.7

31.8

33.3

32.8

38.7

37.0

Note: Figures for 2005-06 have been corrected from my answer of 6 February.

(b) Communications Officers

The Department does not have a “communication officer” grade. Figures shown are for communication specialists engaged in a range of communications activities, and excluding press officers. The full time equivalent (FTE) number employed as at:

October 2006

July 2007

February 2008

DSA

9.0

n/a

12.8

DVLA

43.0

n/a

29.3

GCDA

1.0

n/a

1.0

HA

8.0

n/a

10.8

MCA

3.0

n/a

3.0

VCA

2.5

n/a

2.5

VOSA

7.0

n/a

7.0

Comparable data are not available prior to October 2006 without disproportionate cost.