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Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Pete Wishart Pete Wishart Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Culture and Sport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Constitution)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department on the most recent date for which figures are available.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Since the answer I gave to Mr Weir on 9 February 2011, Hansard, columns 318-19W, the Department has reduced communications staff by 24%. As a minimum the number will reduce by a further 13% by March 2015.

Department for Work and Pensions Communications Directorate (1)
Number
Press Officers (including Regional Press) 21
Internal Communications Officers 47
External Communications Officers 4
Other positions with a communications remit 40
(1) These figures include JCP and PDCS staff who have now transferred to the Communications Directorate.
Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission
Number
Press Officers 3
Internal Communications Officers 9
External Communications Officers 4
Communications Strategy Officers 8
Other positions with a communications remit 10
Health and Safety Executive
Number
Press Officers 7
Internal Communications Officers 7
External Communications Officers (1,) ( ) (2)12
Communications Strategy Officers 5
Other positions with a communications remit 1
(1) Of which one is an interim. (2) Includes newly created Office for Nuclear Regulation Communications function.
Independent Living Fund
Number
Press Officers 0
Internal Communications Officers 1
External Communications Officers 2
Communications Strategy Officers 1
Other positions with a communications remit 0
National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Corporation
Number
Press Officers 3
Internal Communications Officers 0
External Communications Officers (1)19
Communications Strategy Officers 3
Other positions with a communications remit 14
(1) Including four interims.
Pension Protection Fund
Number
Press Officers 2
Internal Communications Officers 2
External Communications Officers 2
Communications Strategy Officers 0
Other positions with a communications remit 0
Remploy Ltd
Note
Press Officers 2
Internal Communications Officers 1
External Communications Officers 3
Communications Strategy Officers 2
Other positions with a communications remit 2
The Pensions Regulator
Number
Press Officers 4
Internal Communications Officers 2
External Communications Officers (1)12
Communications Strategy Officers 2
Other positions with a communications remit (1)6
(1 )Plus two non-payroll staff

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