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Departmental Information Officers

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the cost to his Department was of employing press and media officers in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the cost to his Department was of employing such staff in the financial year 1996-97, expressed in real terms. (324801)

Press office activities across the Department are not exclusively carried out by staff or units solely dedicated to this purpose. Press officer function pay costs have been estimated for 2008-09 in the following table.

Press officer activities 2008-09

Payroll cost (£000)

DFT Central

823

Driving Standards Agency

123

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

181

Government Car and Despatch Agency

0

Highways Agency

540

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

156

Vehicle Certification Agency

0

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

47

The Department for Transport was created in May 2002. Records of costs for 1996-97 are not readily available owing to departmental and agency re-organisations and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.