[holding answer 2 July 2008]: The Department was established in 2006. The pay budget for the Department's Communications Directorate is as follows:
Financial year £ 2006-07 3,328,565 2007/08 3,601,646
This includes press office costs of £1,465,772 in financial year 2007-08.
For the press office element of the overall budget in previous years, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 717W.