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Departmental Manpower

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many members of staff were (a) employed by and (b) seconded to the Scotland Office in (i) Scotland and (ii) London in each quarter since 1999. (248510)

The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. The office does not directly employ staff, all staff in the office are on secondment from other Government Departments, mainly the Scottish Executive and Ministry of Justice. Information on staff numbers is published in the office's annual report, copies of which are in the House Library. The office does not keep central records in a form that would allow staff numbers to be broken down by each quarter since 1999.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the responsibilities of each member of his media and communications team are; when each member of staff was recruited; and what the salary of each member of staff is. (248514)

The responsibilities of the Press Office at the Scotland Office are shared by two staff, recruited in September 2006 and March 2007. Both are on secondment from the Ministry of Justice.

The Press Office is responsible for a wide range of civil service communications functions.

To protect the privacy of individual staff, data relating to fewer than five people are not disclosed.