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Government Departments (Public Relations Officers)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 29 April 1954

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total number of public relations officers employed by the Government Departments throughout the country.

There is no general grade of public relations officer in the Government service, but I assume the hon. Baronet has in mind civil servants employed on information work. Their total number is 2,807, of whom 853 are employed on home and 1,954 on overseas information work. These figures include clerical and typing staff, but not ancillary staff such as messengers; they do not include the staffs of the B.B.C. Overseas Services or of the British Council, since these are not civil servants.

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many public relations officers were employed by his Department at the end of March, 1943, and at the end of March, 1953.

The numbers of public relations officers employed in my Department at the end of March, 1943, were: one public relations officer, five publicity officers (two part-time), one assistant publicity officer. At the end of March. 1953, my Department had no public relations officer. Press matters, broadcasting and public inquiries were the responsibility of a senior information officer.