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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff in (a) her Department, (b) the Charity Commission and (c) the Central Office of Information (i) have the status of embedded communicators and (ii) are members of the Government Communications Network but are not listed in the Central Office of Information White Book. (315166)

Cabinet Office currently has no staff with the status of embedded communicators.

To provide information on how many members of Cabinet Office staff are members of the GCN but not listed in the White Book could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

I have asked the chief executives of the Charity Commission (b) and the Central Office of Information (c) to write in reply to the hon. Member's question.

Letter from Andrew Hind, dated 3 February 2010:

As the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, I have been asked to respond to your Parliamentary Question regarding how many of our staff (i) have the status of “embedded communicators” and (ii) are members of the Government Communications Network but are not listed in the Central Office of Information White Book. I will arrange for a copy of this letter to be placed in the Library of the House.

We have no employees with the status of “embedded communicators”. There are two Charity Commission employees who are members of the Government Communications Network (GCN) but not listed in the current edition of the White Book. The post of Head of Corporate Affairs is listed in the current edition of the White Book as being filled by someone who is no longer in the role. Therefore the current postholder, a member of the GCN, is not listed by name in the White Book. In addition, our Internal Communications Manager is a member of the GCN but this post is not listed in the White Book.

I hope this is helpful.

Letter from Mark Lund, dated 2 February 2010:

As Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question [315166] asking how many staff in the Central Office of Information (i) have the status of embedded communicators and (ii) are members of the Government Communications Network but are not listed in the Central Office of Information White Book.

(i) COI has no staff defined as embedded communicators.

(ii) This information is not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.