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Office of Communications: Manpower

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff Ofcom employs; at what cost; and what budget has been set for Ofcom for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11. (240339)

I am informed by the Office of Communications (Ofcom) that as of the 31 March 2008, Ofcom employed 812 members of staff and the total staff costs for the financial year ending 31 March 2008 was £60.8 million.

Ofcom sets its budget on an annual basis, which is published on the 31 March of every year, and I am therefore unable to provide all the requested information. Ofcom's budget for 2008-09 will be £133.7 million, 1.5 per cent. lower in real terms than its budget for 2007-08 and 17.5 per cent. lower in real terms than Ofcom's original full-year budget set in 2004-5. Additionally, Ofcom agreed a four year funding settlement with Her Majesty's Treasury on 24 February 2007, and for 2009-10 and 2010-11 it is £142 million and £143 million respectively.