Ministry of Defence: Information Officers

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department are employed in media relations and communications roles; and how much was spent on the salaries of such staff members in each of the last 10 years.

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

The Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Head Office currently has 89 staff employed in media relations and communications role, 19 of whom are military personnel. These roles include, for example, news, campaigns, strategy and planning, digital, and internal communications. Salaries of those specifically in a media relations or communications role in each of the last ten years are not held centrally.

It is important that the work our Armed Forces do to keep Britain safe is communicated effectively. The number of MOD civilian communications jobs has been cut by more than a quarter since 2010.

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