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Departmental Security

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications and (c) head of press office in his Department; and if he will list each person who has held these posts since May 2010.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The booklet “HMG Personnel Security Controls”, describes the circumstances in which a post may require the holder to be the subject of national security vetting checks and is publicly available on the Cabinet Office website at:

Since May 2010, the posts mentioned have been held by: (a) Ian Hargreaves and then Andrew Whyte (director of communications); (b) no post with this title exists; (c) Carl Newns.

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