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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the cost of (a) press officers and (b) other press office staff in No. 10 Downing Street has been in each year since 1997; (283061)

(2) what the cost to her Department of employing press office staff other than press officers has been in each year since 1997.

The Prime Minister’s Office forms part of the Cabinet Office.

For the cost of Press Officers I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. Browne) and the hon. Member for South-West Surrey (Mr. Hunt) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1733W.

Information dating back to 1997 on the cost of press officer staff other than press officers is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.