HC Deb 28 May 2004 vol 422 cc93-4W
Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff were employed in the Department to work in the communications field, and what the total expenditure on communications for the Department was, broken down by(a)Government Information and Communication Service staff and (b)other staff, broken down by (i) press officers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) others, in (A) 1994–95, (B) 1996–97. (C) 1997–98 and (D) 2001–02. [168686]

Mr. Gareth Thomas

DFID does not keep central records of all staff working on communications across the Department and this information could not be gathered without incurring a disproportionate cost for the years specified. Information on the press office is available from 1996–97 and is set out as follows.

Number of

press officers

Annual cost (£)
1996–97 6 195,000
1997–98 6 243,000
1998–99 4 240,000
1999–2000 3.3 100,000
2000–01 4.5 150,000
2001–02 4 148,000

The Special Advisers' Code of Conduct sets out the sort of work a special adviser may undertake on behalf of their Minister. This includes communications activity. Details of the costs of Special Advisers are given on an annual basis. Information for the financial year 2003–04 will be published in due course.

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