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Government Communications

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government Communication Network. (215108)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has 36 permanent members of staff who work in the central communication directorate. Other civil servants may have communication as a core part of their role as good communication is integral to helping implement government policy.

The Department is responsible for two agencies, National Weights and Measures Laboratory and the UK Intellectual Property Office.

The UK Intellectual Property Office has four members of staff in the communication team who are classified as Government communicators.

National Weights and Measures Laboratory has approximately 2.5 members of staff in the communications team who are classified as Government communicators.

All civil servants who work in a communication role can access the GCN and the resources that it provides.