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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on salaries for press and communications officers in (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies in each of the last three years. (231340)

(a) The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was established in June 2007 and as a result we are only able to provide information from June 2007 to March 2008. The salary cost for employing press officers in the Department was £267,095.52 and the cost of employing communications officers was £659,021.77.

(b) and (c) For much of its business, the Department operates through a number of arms length bodies including 20 non-departmental public bodies and other agencies. It is the responsibility of each body to manage its staff and costs. Therefore the Department does not hold the information requested centrally and there would be a disproportionate cost to gather the information requested.