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Cabinet Office written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the letter of 21 October 2008 from the Cabinet Office to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, how many communications staff were employed by each Government department in 1996; and what the total number of communications staff was, using comparative methodology.

Photo of Dawn Butler Dawn Butler Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office) (Young Citizens and Youth Engagement)

The table shows the number of communications staff listed by central Whitehall departments in the December 1996 IPO Directory. These numbers have been compiled in the same way as the numbers relating to 1998 and 2008 given in the letter from the Cabinet Office to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications of 21 October 2008.

The COI White Book-and its predecessor the IPO Directory-lists contact details for some communications roles in Government Departments and agencies. They are only ever a snapshot in time and therefore cannot be used as a comprehensive guide to communications staff in the civil service.

Department December 1996
Cabinet Office 14
Ministry of Justice -
Lord Chancellor's Department 15
Department for Culture, Media and Sport -
Department of National Heritage 15
HM Customs and Excise 9
HM Revenue and Customs -
Board of Inland Revenue 16
Ministry of Defence 44
Department for Communities and Local Government -
Department for Education and Employment 56
Department for Children, Schools and Families -
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills -
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs -
Department of the Environment 60
Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 40
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 22
Department of Health (central directorate only) 77
Home Office 47
Department for International Development -
Prime Minister's Office 10
Department of Trade and Industry 66
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform -
Department for Transport (including agencies) 51
HM Treasury (includes staff in public inquiries unit) 16
Department for Social Security 61
Department for Work and Pensions -
Total 655
Total entries 1,713

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