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Government Communications

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. (215103)

As at 30 June 2008 there were 115 staff working in communications roles directly employed by the Department's Media and Communications Directorate.

The Department does not retain central lists of communicators employed across the wider Department and its agencies.

Additionally, other civil servants may have communication as a core part of their role as good communication is integral to supporting the Department.

The GCN is open to all civilian and military staff in the Department performing communications work to register. As at 1 May 2008, the total number who has self-registered to the GCN in MOD was approximately 270.