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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) her Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies. (230042)

Press and communications officers in the Home Office are employed at the Senior Information, Information and Assistant Information Officer grades. The following table gives details of the staff currently employed by the Department and its agencies in these grades.

Press Officers

Communication Officers

Total

Home Office

32

21

53

UKBA

6

23

29

Total

38

44

82

Other specialist and generalist staff across the organisation may have communications as a core part of their role, as good communication is integral to helping implement Government policy. However information on the numbers of staff in this category is not held centrally and could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Also data on staff employed by non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) work and (b) provide assistance for her Department. (233519)

Press officers in the Home Office are employed at the senior information (SIO) and information officer (IO) grades. The total number of full-time equivalent press officers currently employed by the Department is 37.89 (this figure includes six regional press officers employed by UKBA).

Ministers undertaking engagements outside of London may also for short periods of time be assisted by press officers employed by the Government News Network (GNN). This assistance is demand led and information on the total amount of time spent in terms of full-time equivalents is not held centrally and cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.