Ministry of Defence: Information Officers

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7th January 2016.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) his Department, (b) the Defence Electronics and Components Agency, (c) the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, (d) the UK Hydrographic Office, (e) the National Army Museum, (f) the National Museum of the Royal Navy, (g) the Royal Air Force Museum, (h) the Single Source Regulations Office and (i) the Oil and Pipelines Agency; how many of these employees earn more than (i) £50,000 and (ii) £100,000; and what the total expenditure was on press and public relations by each of those organisations in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The following table outlines the number of civilian and military press and public relations staff posts in Defence (including vacant posts) and press and public relations expenditure in the financial year 2014-15. This expenditure includes £30 million for Armed Forces advertising and marketing - the vast majority of which is advertising and marketing in direct support of Armed Forces recruitment campaigns. It also includes £12 million for staff costs.

Annual salaries are dependent upon grade/rank. Of those in press and public relations staff posts, there are:

No civil servants or military personnel with salaries of more than £100,000.

10 civil servants with salaries of more than £50,000.

24 military personnel with salaries of more than £50,000.

Department/Agency

Press and Public Relations Staff Posts

Salary £50,000 and above

Salary £100,000 and above

Press and Public Relations Expenditure Financial Year (FY)2014-15 (£000)[1]

Ministry of Defence[2]

49

9 Civilian 3 Military

0

5,772

Armed Forces (Royal Navy, Army, RAF and Joint Forces Command)

122

0 Civilian 21 Military

0

41,437 (Including advertising and marketing for Armed Forces recruitment campaigns)

Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA)

0

0

0

N/A[3]

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

2

1 Civilian

0

76

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO)

3

0

0

1,436

National Army Museum

4

0

0

550

National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN)

1

0

0

339

Royal Air Force Museum (RAF Museum)

2

0

0

429

Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO)

0

0

0

0

The Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA)

0

0

0

0

Total

183

34

0

50,038[4]

[1] All figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000, therefore the total may not be equal to the sum of rounded values.

[2] Including Directorate of Defence Communications, Defence Business Services, Ministry of Defence Police, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and Defence Equipment and Support.

[3] DECA was formed on 1 April 2015 as a Trading Agency following the Sale of the Defence Support Group therefore separate communications outturn for FY2014-15 is not available.

[4] This figure includes £30million for Armed Forces advertising and marketing - the vast majority of which is advertising and marketing in direct support of Armed Forces recruitment campaigns. It also includes £12million for staff costs.

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