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Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Secretary to the Treasury if he will state the number of persons now employed in the Public Relations and Press Departments in every Government Department, with the total cost of this provision.

, pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 23rd October, 1945; Vol. 414, c. 1874] supplied the following statement:The following table gives for all Departments, other than the Ministry of Information, the particulars to which I referred in my reply to the hon. Member on the 23rd October. The totals given are in respect of whole time staff, including Regional as well as Headquarters staff, as at 1st October, 1945. The figures for the Service Departments include Home but not Overseas Commands. Most of the totals of annual cost are approximate.

Department.Staff Engaged on Public Relations and Press Work.Annual Cost.
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.63(a)22,000
Air Ministry142(b)77,687
Ministry of Aircraft Production and Supply.66(c)28,638
Ministry of Civil Aviation.31,485
Colonial Office147,413
Dominions Office31,430
Ministry of Education52,473
Ministry of Food7025,183
Foreign Office118,743
Ministry of Fuel and Power.154,829
Ministry of Health198,368
Home Office and Ministry of Home Security.85,018
India Office156,888
Inland Revenue21,995
Ministry of Labour and National Service.2412,248
National Savings Committee.8134,375
Department of Overseas Trade.63,360
Ministry of Pensions31,503
Post Office139,023
Ministry of Town and Country Planning.74,750
Board of Trade (including Ministry of Production).4017,471
War Damage Commission.21,318
War Office22585,000
Ministry of War Transport.136,293
Ministry of Works114,976
Scottish Home Department.95,000

  • (a) This figure includes a staff of 51 costing £17,300 per annum engaged upon informing and advising the farmers and domestic food producers through all available media as to the best and most efficient methods of food production.
  • (b) Excluding the staff of the photographic Dark Room (numbering 23) and of the R.A.F Film Production units (290 at home) who are partly engaged on work of a public relations nature.
  • (c) Includes 18 staff (cost £7,642) employed in the Publicity and Campaign Branch of the Directorate of Salvage and Recovery.