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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost to his Department of (a) press officers and (b) other press office staff has been in each year since 1997. (283063)

The cost of press officers is available only from 2002-03 and the cost of other press office staff is available only from 2003-04. The information for earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The costs were:

£

Press officers

Other press office staff

2002-03

459,952

2003-04

552,677

174,576

2004-05

466,206

157,245

2005-06

1550,124

110,864

2006-07

1733,412

165,170

2007-08

1682,858

187,576

2008-09

1706,643

185,715

1 This includes press officers working on the Olympics