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Research Information and Communications Unit

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff work in her Department's Research Information and Communication Unit; what forecast she has made of the unit's operation costs in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and if she will make a statement. (245581)

The Research, Information and Communications Unit is comprised of 29 permanent members of staff: 15 members of staff from the Home Office, eight members of staff from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and six members of staff from the Department for Communities and Local Government. When fully recruited the Unit will have 33 permanent staff.

(a) Unit operational costs for 2008-09 amount £4,219,305 (made up of admin allocation £959,305 and programme allocation £3,260,000)

(b) Unit operational costs for 2009-10 amount to £6,651,646 (made up of admin allocation £951,646 and programme allocation £5,700,000)

(c) Unit operational costs for 2010-11 amount to £8,144,371 (made up of admin allocation £944,371 and programme allocation £7,200,000).