Departmental Communications

Defence written question – answered on 19th December 2011.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) job titles and (b) job descriptions are of each of the (i) press officers and (ii) other public relations officers working in his Department.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Communicators are employed across defence and the armed forces. They have an important task in explaining to the public, the media, our own people and other audiences—at local, regional, national and international levels—the role of defence, our activities, capabilities and operations.

The latest centrally held records of communications posts are as at 31 March 2011. From this record we have extracted those declared as ‘press officers' and separately those identified through post titles as ‘public relations'. This information has been placed in the Library of the House.

Post titles within defence have evolved over a number of years and are not standardised across the Ministry of Defence. Job descriptions are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The information placed in the Library of the House includes both military and civilian posts worldwide; they represent a reduction compared with the previous year; further savings have been made across the communications area during the course of the current financial year and more reductions are planned for future years.

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