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Departmental Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Prime Minister how many people are employed by (a) the Press Office, (b) the Policy Unit, (c) the Speech Writing Unit, (d) the Research and Information Unit, (e) the Private Office, (f) the Strategic Communications Unit and (g) the Political Office in No. 10 Downing Street. (199060)

The total number of staff on the No. 10 payroll as at 1 April 2008 is set out in the following table.

Number at 1 April 2008

Prime Minister’s Office

189

Of which:

Private Office

113

No. 10 Policy Unit

15

Press Officers

27

Strategic Communications Unit

38

Research and Information

5

1 This figure includes those responsible for co-ordinating speech writing.

2 This figure includes one secondee from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

3 This includes one unpaid adviser.

The staffing and associated costs for my Political Office are met by the Labour party. As has been the case under successive Administrations, marginal costs associated with the Political Office are met from within the overall budget for 10 Downing street.