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Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press office staff were employed by (a) his 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. (189688)

The information requested is as follows

FTE staff employed in the BERR and UKTI press offices

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

BERR1

20

17

24

25

23

23

23

19

18

17

16

UK Trade and Investment2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

3-4

3

2-3

2-4

1 The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) was created in July 2007. Figures before July 2007 refer to the number of press officers in the Department for Trade and Industry.

2 UKTI was formed in October 2003. Fluctuations in the above staff numbers are due to staff movements during the year.

FTE staff employed in BERR NDPB press offices

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

ACAS1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Atomic Energy Authority2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Civil Nuclear Police Authority3

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

1.5

1.5

Coal Authority4

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Competition Commission

1

1

1

1

1.5

1.5

1.5

2

2

2

2

Competition Service5

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

EnergyWatch6

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

7

7

7

7

4.5

4

4

Hearing Aid Council7

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

National Consumer Council

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority8

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

PostWatch9

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2

4

4

4

4

4

n/a

SITPRO Ltd10

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1 Since 1996/1997 ACAS has employed two permanent communications professionals to carry out its media and marketing activity. Neither is a full-time press officer, but both combine press duties as part of their overall role. This includes operating an out-of-hours service for the media. The press office staff at ACAS also carry out other communications responsibilities besides press office work.

2 The UK Atomic Energy Authority does not employ dedicated press officers. Five members of staff in the UKAEA have media relations as part, but not all, of their duties. The FTE equivalent is provided as an estimate of the proportion of UKAEA communications team members' time available to cover press officer functions.

3 The Civil Nuclear Constabulary was set up as a separate entity in 2005.

4 The Coal Authority does not have a press office.

5 The Competition Service does not have a press office.

6 EnergyWatch, was set up in 2001.

7 The Hearing Aid Council does not have a press office.

8 The National Decommissioning Authority does not have a press office. Three communications managers are employed to undertake a variety of activities of which handling media enquiries is one element. A head of communications and communications director may also handle media inquiries.

9 PostWatch was set up in 2001.

10 SITPRO Ltd employs only one member of staff for marketing and promotion, whose responsibilities include some dealings with the press.

FTE staff employed in RDA press offices1999-20002000-012001-022002-032003-042004-052005-062006-07AWM1n/a1134444EEDA11111233EMDA22222222LDA2n/an/an/a335.566NWDA324566976ONEn/a3334356SEEDA41122.5555.55.5SWRDAn/an/a334555.5YF22223344 1 AWM payroll information for 1999-2000 is in archive and it is not possible to determine the number of FTE staff fulfilling the press office function for that year.2 LDA was not set up until 2000-01. Payroll information for 1999-2000 is in archive and it is not possible to determine the number of FTE staff fulfilling the press office function for that year.3 NWDA figures reflect the total number of staff who carried out a press office function as part of their duties during the financial year (they did not carry out these duties for the full financial year in all cases, or all at the same time).4 SEEDA does not employ dedicated press officers. This function is carried out as part of the duties of the SEEDA communications team. The FTE equivalent is provided as an estimate of the proportion of SEEDA communications team members' time available to cover press officer functions.