Photographers spent time shooting PM's dog on Monday.

Number 10 has been pressed today on why the Prime Minister has three photographers paid for by the taxpayer.

Renewed interest in the roles arose after Number 10’s official Flickr account posted playful images of the PM’s dog, Dilyn, in the snow.

Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street

Two photographers are employed as civil servants. One is employed as a special adviser.

Responding to questions about the roles this afternoon, the PM’s spokesperson said:

“They document the work of Government as well as life inside No10. Their pictures are made available for use, not just domestically but internationally as well.”

In previous administrations, PMs have relied on traditional media photographers documenting their day-to-day work.