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Outreach Officers: Manpower

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many outreach officers the House employs; and what cost in 2008-09. (289459)

The Parliamentary Outreach service currently employs eight outreach staff, six of whom are regional outreach officers. The regional outreach officers work mainly with community and voluntary groups and in the museums, libraries and archives sector. They also support select committees.

Parliament’s Education Service employs four educational outreach officers, who work in schools and train and support teachers in the delivery of the political literacy element of the citizenship curriculum and the politics curriculum.

Both these services are bicameral, the House of Lords paying for 30 per cent. of the costs. Current annual staff costs, including pension and national insurance contributions, as at July 2009, are as follows:

Annual cost of outreach, as at July 2009

£

Total cost

House of Commons share

Parliamentary Outreach

351,557

246,089

Educational outreach

182,702

127,891

Total

533,259

373,980