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Information Officers

Volume 949: debated on Friday 12 May 1978

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will list the number of information officers, excluding inquiry office and library staff, in each Department and in each Government agency for which the Central Office of Information provides services.

The table below shows by Department, including the agencies in the Department of Employment Group, the total number of staff in post in the information officer group on 1st January 1978, the latest date for which figures are available.Total figures are given in the table since, from the information held centrally, it is not possible to distinguish information officer group posts in inquiry offices or libraries from those in other areas of information work. The Central Office of Information provides services for a number of Government agencies outside the Civil Service, but no record of their information officer numbers is held centrally.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food12
Civil Service Department18
Education and Science19
Employment Group81
Environment (including PSA)67
Health and Social Security18
Home Office25
Information, Central Office of508
National Savings12
Overseas Development11
Population, Censuses and Surveys124
Scottish Office23
Trade and Industry and Prices and Consumer Protection177
Welsh Office21
Other Departments30

Part-time staff are counted as half units.