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Government Communication Network

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 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. (242219)

The Cabinet Office does not classify staff as Government communicators. Its central communications unit currently includes 28.4 full-time equivalent professional communications staff, with a further eight employed in cross-Government roles in the Government Communication team.

Any civil servant who works in a communication role can register online as an individual to gain access to GCN and the resources it provides through its website. The Cabinet Office recruits to communication roles against GCN professional competences; it also encourages staff in these roles register for GCN to build their professional skills and experience and so help to improve Government communication.