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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many official photographs have been taken of (a) Ministers and (b) senior officials in his Department for use in Government publications since May 2010; how many staff of his Department are expected to undertake photography of the ministerial and senior leadership team as part of their duties; and if he will make a statement.
Official photographs are taken of Ministers and senior officials when they attend official events and of visiting Ministers and senior military officers of other countries. No central records are kept of the number.
No photographers are employed principally to photograph Ministers or senior officials, but any photographer would obviously be expected to take such photographs, if required, as part of their principal duties.