The Department for Transport reimburses staff only for expenses necessarily incurred in the course of official business. Expenses reimbursed to press officers in 2008-09 are set out in the following table where readily available:
£ Department for Transport - Central 4,208.88 Driving Standards Agency 537.00 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency 2,893.33 Highways Agency 14,453.11 Vehicle and Operator Services Agency 656.80
Department for Transport - Central
Driving Standards Agency
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Vehicle and Operator Services Agency
The Highways Agency (HA) has seven regional press officers to support its new Traffic Officer service and seven regional control centres. These press officers are employed to raise awareness of the Traffic Officers and the agency's role as network operator for England's motorways and major A roads. These press officers have to travel between the Regional Control Centres, outstations and Highways Agency offices, as well as travelling to media opportunities and to accompany journalists during visits to the HA network and premises.
Press officer activities in most executive agencies are not carried out by staff or units solely dedicated to this purpose. The Government Car and Despatch Agency and the Vehicle Certification Agency have no press officers, and the Marine and Coastguard Agency are unable to identify press officer reimbursements without disproportionate cost.