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Departmental Public Relations

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) with reference to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1744W, on departmental public relations, how many staff in his Department and its agency are (a) embedded communicators and (b) members of the Government Communications Network but are not listed in the Central Office of Information White Book; (315163)

(2) how many staff in his Department and its agencies (a) have the status of embedded communicators and (b) are members of the Government Communications Network but are not listed in the Central Office of Information White Book.

No members of staff in my Department or its agency, the Royal Parks, are embedded communicators. In addition to the Department’s central communications directorate, the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) has a communications team consisting of 5.8 communications staff. This team is considered, and has been included in previous responses as, part of the Department’s communications staff.

Within my Department all members of the Government Communications Network (GCN) are listed in the Central Office of Information (COI) White Book. The Royal Parks Agency has four communications staff belonging to the GCN that are not listed in the COI White Book.