The Information Office of the House of Lords produces some excellent material. Given the demands made on it to respond to queries, finding the time to be proactive and publish some invaluable publications is quite a challenge. It produces obvious value for money. This is reflected in the answer I have just received about the number of staff employed on public and media relations, especially in relation to the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament. The figures suggest we have a highly efficient service – and one that perhaps deserves more resources.
House of Lords: Staff
- To ask the Chairman of Committees how many staff of the House are employed exclusively or primarily on press and public relations; and how this figure compares with the number of staff employed for the same purpose by (a) the House of Commons, and (b) the Scottish Parliament. [HL1457]
|House of Lords||House of Commons||Scottish Parliament|
|Staff directly involved in press and public relations work (information, marketing, education and outreach)||10||50||44|
|—of which, press/media officers||2||10||10|
These figures do not include Visitor Services staff in either the House of Commons (33) or the Scottish Parliament (18). The House of Lords contributes 30 per cent of the cost of staff working on bicameral services (such as education, outreach and visitor services), who are based in the House of Commons.