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Departmental Information Officers

Justice written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Constitutional Reform), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e) other positions with a communications remit were employed by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) each other non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department on the most recent date for which figures are available.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The figures are set out in the following table and represent communication posts as at 1 February 2011. Roles which encompass more than one communications discipline have been placed in the most suitable category. The Ministry of Justice Press Office also handles media relations for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).

The Ministry of Justice is one of the largest Departments in Government and its work touches everyone in the UK.

Communications support access to essential public information about the services it provides. Communication also provides the relevant guidance and support so that citizens can use our services effectively. It is also right that the public, partners and providers know and understand the work of the MOJ and its agencies and have the opportunity to be consulted on any proposed changes. Communications in all its forms is an important element of this.

Staffing levels reflect the size and complexity of the Department and its public bodies and the need to communicate effectively on a wide range of issues and services. The MOJ Press Office, which plays an important role in making sure media outlets have factually correct information, needs to meet the demands of a 24/7 media.

Press officers Internal Communications officers External Communications officers Communications strategy officers Other positions with a communications remit
Department and its agencies
Ministry of Justice 34 11 4 5 30
National Offender Management Service 0 19 0 2 0
Her Majesty's Courts Service 2 5 2 0 0
Tribunals Service 0 3 0 0 7
Office of the Public Guardian 0 2 0 1.5 1.5
Non-departmental public bodies
Legal Services Commission 3 3 6 0 5
Victims' Commissioner 0 0 0 1 0
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority 0 0 0 0 2
Criminal Cases Review Commission 0 0 0 0 1
Court Funds Office 0 0 0 0 1
Legal Services Board 0 0 0 0 1
Information Commissioner 2 0.6 7.2 0.5 0
Office for Legal Complaints 0 1 1 1 1
Judicial Communications Office 3 5 0 0 0
Judicial Appointments Commission 0 0.5 0.5 0 3
Youth Justice Board 3.8 - - - 7
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation 1 0 0 0 0
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman 0 0 0 0 1
Independent Monitoring Boards Secretariat 0 0 0 0 2
Totals 48.8 50.1 20.7 11 62.5

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