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Departmental Press Officers

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) her Department and (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority. (250431)

The information is as follows:

(a) The Government Olympic Executive has responsibility for ensuring the London 2012 games are delivered, established a communications team in June 2008. Currently four full-time officers are employed.

In addition, the Minister’s press support is provided by the DCMS communications department where three press officers are employed to work on the Olympics desk.

(b) As answered in October 2008, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) communications team employs 25 members of staff. This consists of permanent staff, fixed term contract staff and secondments.

The ODA communications team are responsible for all elements of communication and stakeholder engagement activities across the entire ODA programme. These activities include:

Dealing with public inquiries about the ODA’s work;

Engagement with the local people in the five boroughs in and around the Olympic Park, including reactive and proactive community relations work;

Stakeholder engagement with external groups for example the design, transport, construction, political and sporting communities;

Statutory consultation for planning applications;

Communication with a wide range of national, international, specialist, trade, regional and local media;

Filming and photography of the work on the Olympic Park; including internet and new media.

Of the aforementioned, there are four press officers and one head of media dealing specifically with the press.