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Departmental Personnel

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of his Department's staff were based in (a) his Department's London offices, (b) the London offices of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and (c) the London offices of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 3 July 2009. (289654)

The Department had 25 staff working in the London offices of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on 3 July 2009. The remaining staff were working in DECC offices.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff are employed by his Department at offices outside London. (289782)

The Department has an office in Aberdeen which employs 77 staff. This is the only office DECC has outside of London

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many economists from the Government Economic Service are employed by (a) his Department, (b) the Committee on Climate Change and (c) the Office of Climate Change. (289856)

As of 1 August 2009 there were 70 economists from the Government Economic Service employed in DECC. This total includes GES economists in the Office of Climate Change, which is part of DECC. Some of these economists were on part time contracts.

As of 1 August 2009 there were 10 economists from the Government Economic Service employed in the Committee on Climate Change.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many members of staff in (a) the Coal Authority, (b) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, (c) the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (d) the Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, (e) the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, (f) the Renewables Advisory Board, (g) the UK Chemical Weapons Convention National Authority Advisory Committee, (h) the Committee on Climate Change, (i) the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management and (j) the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government Communication Network. (289871)

No staff in the Coal Authority, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority nor members of the Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, the Renewables Advisory Board, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management and the UK Chemical Weapons Convention National Authority Advisory Committee are classed as Government communicators, or have access to the Government Communications Network.

The Committee on Climate Change's Communications Manager, is both a Government communicator and a member of the Government Communications Network.

OFGEM has 12 staff classified as Government communicators. All have access to the Government Communication Network.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has lead responsibility for the UK Atomic Energy Authority. No UKAEA staff are classed as Government communicators or have access to the Government Communications Network.