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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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. (315165)

The following table lists the number of staff in embedded communications roles in the Ministry of Justice. The embedded communications staff is employed primarily in communications roles based in policy and delivery units outside central communications functions.

MOJ Group

Headcount (FTE) as of January 2010

GCN members

Corporate Performance Group

6.5

5

Democracy, Constitution and Law

3

2

Access to Justice

0

0

National Offender Management Service

17

n/a

Criminal Justice

11.6

5

Total MOJ

38.1

The Government Communications Network (GCN) membership is voluntary and not required to work in a communications role. Data on GCN membership are not collected and neither are they stored by the Ministry of Justice. The Cabinet Office unit who administer the GCN are unable to share membership data without the permission of individual members. Therefore it is not possible to readily provide accurate information for National Offender Management Service.