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Government Departments: Information Officers

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the letter of 21 October 2008 from the Cabinet Office to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, how many communications staff were employed by each Government department in 1996; and what the total number of communications staff was, using comparative methodology. (312459)

The table shows the number of communications staff listed by central Whitehall departments in the December 1996 IPO Directory. These numbers have been compiled in the same way as the numbers relating to 1998 and 2008 given in the letter from the Cabinet Office to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications of 21 October 2008.

The COI White Book—and its predecessor the IPO Directory—lists contact details for some communications roles in Government Departments and agencies. They are only ever a snapshot in time and therefore cannot be used as a comprehensive guide to communications staff in the civil service.

Department

December 1996

Cabinet Office

14

Ministry of Justice

Lord Chancellor’s Department

15

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Department of National Heritage

15

HM Customs and Excise

9

HM Revenue and Customs

Board of Inland Revenue

16

Ministry of Defence

44

Department for Communities and Local Government

Department for Education and Employment

56

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department of the Environment

60

Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

40

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

22

Department of Health (central directorate only)

77

Home Office

47

Department for International Development

Prime Minister’s Office

10

Department of Trade and Industry

66

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Department for Transport (including agencies)

51

HM Treasury (includes staff in public inquiries unit)

16

Department for Social Security

61

Department for Work and Pensions

Total

655

Total entries

1,713