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Departmental Communications

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government Communication Network. (215110)

The information is as follows:

(i) Government Communicators

The Department does not have a ‘communicator’ grade. Figures shown are for communications specialists engaged in a range of communications activities including news media, marketing, publicity, strategic communications, internal communications, e-communications and speechwriting. The full-time equivalent (FTE) number employed is estimated as follows using information readily available and dated February 2008.

Estimated communicators February 2008

DFT Central

57.9

DSA

15

DVLA

34.3

GCDA

1

HA

24.8

MCA

5.5

VCA

2.5

VOSA

9

DFT agencies

92.1

The DFT(C) figure is only for relevant staff working in the Department’s Communication Directorate. DFT(C) also employs other staff who may perform communication roles but numbers are not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

(ii) Government Communication Network

All civil servants in the Department may register to access services of the Government Communication Network and those in a communication role may become a member and access additional network resources.