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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers were employed by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies, (c) HM Revenue and Customs and (d) the Valuation Office Agency in each of the last three years; and at what cost in each such year. (279340)

The number of full-time equivalent press officers employed by the Treasury Group (HMT, OGC, DMO), HMRC (including all regional offices) and the Valuation Office in each of the last three years is as follows:

1 April 2007

1 April 2008

1 April 2009

Treasury Group

10.66

11.66

11.66

HMRC and Valuation Office

43.84

40.09

38.28

The information on costs for the Treasury Group (HMT, OGC and DMO), HMRC and the Valuation Office for each year since 1997 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.