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Departmental Manpower

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) speechwriters, (b) press officers and (c) secretaries are assigned to work for each other Minister in his Department. (301588)

My noble Friend the Secretary of State has one speechwriter, and a Strategic Adviser who also works on speeches. The remaining nine Ministers are assisted by four speechwriters.

One press officer is specifically assigned to work for the Secretary of State. Other press officers look after policy areas which are within ministerial portfolio areas but are not assigned to individual Ministers. The Secretary of State has a Principal Private Secretary, five Private Secretaries and two Diary Secretaries. Other Ministers each have a Private Secretary, a Diary Secretary (based in BIS or in the other Government Department in which the Minister jointly works) and one or more Assistant Private Secretaries depending on their portfolios.