Government Communications

Home Department written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government Communication Network.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), Home Office, Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), HM Treasury

The information is as follows:

(i)Communication Officers in the Home Office and its agencies are employed at the Senior Information Officer (SIO), Information Officer (IO) and Assistant Information Officer (AIO) grades.

The following table gives details of the staff currently employed by the Department in these grades:

Grades
SIO IO AIO Total
Home Office 23 27 2 52
UKBA 6 19 4 29
Total 29 46 6 81

Further information on communications staff employed by Departments throughout the civil service can be found in 'The White Book', published by COI. This is available in the Library of the House; and is updated twice yearly.

Other specialist and generalist staff across the organisation may have communications as a core part of their role, as good communication is integral to helping implement Government policy. However information on the numbers of staff in this category is not held centrally and could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

(ii) The Government Communications Network is open to all staff within the Department who mainly work in a communication role. These individuals have exclusive access to networks, events and community tools (including forums and document sharing) on the GCN website. Information on the numbers involved is not held centrally and could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

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