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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) are employed by and (b) work for his Department. (303603)

As of November 2009, there were 33 press officers employed by the Ministry of Justice. In addition, there were five other staff working in the office as press office contractors.

The Ministry of Justice was created in May 2007. Staffing levels in the Ministry's Communications Directorate now more adequately reflect the high level of media interest in the work of the Department, and the need to meet the high demands of a 24/7 media. It is right that the public know and understand the work of the MOJ and its agencies and how taxpayers' money is being spent. Communications, including the work of the press office, is an important element of this.