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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, columns 172-73W, on Government communications, what the pay band is of each of the 13 members of staff in his Department who are classified as Government communicators. (290026)

DECC now have 15 members of staff who are classified as Government communicators. These include:

2 x Senior Civil Servants

2 x Grade 6s

2 x Grade 7s

2 x Senior Information Officers

7 x Information Officers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, columns 172-73W, on Government communications, what the job description is of his Department’s marketing officers. (290027)

The role of the marketing and campaigns team in DECC is to:

ensure all marketing and campaigns output is clearly aligned to departmental policy priorities and informed by audience insight/research;

plan, deliver, co-ordinate all marketing activity, including as appropriate advertising, direct marketing, digital activity, public relations, partnerships and publications;

ensure all marketing services are procured in accordance with EU procurement policy, demonstrate value for money and that outputs are effectively evaluated; and

liaise as appropriate with other Government Departments, delivery bodies and other stakeholders to ensure communications are joined up, transparent and effective.